Specter at the Feast (CD)


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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Amoeba Review

03/18/2013

The atmospheric notes that begin “Firewalker,” the opening track to Black Rebel Motorcycle’s sixth album, let you know that this is a more somber affair than some of their previous work, which was known for its heavy distortion, driving beats and some of the heaviest basslines around. Unfortunately, BRMC’s lead singer, Robert Been, lost his father, The Call’s Michael Been, in 2010. Understandably, that loss casts a pall over Specter at the Feast, but there is still plenty of pulse to the album, on which the band successfully funnels their pain into a bold statement (the loss is felt by the whole band, for whom Michael Been was a sound engineer). “Let the Day Begin” throbs with familiar BRMC rumble, but in place of the menace the band previously exuded there is a life-affirming vibe that suits the band well, reminiscent of classic Verve. “Returning” pulls from the band’s shoegaze influences for a touching power ballad. “Lullaby” calls to mind the band’s largely acoustic third album, Howl, with the added atmospherics of their other work. The bluesy stomp of the band’s first and finest albums returns for “Hate the Taste,” a nicely bitter pub brawler, and they go for the full stadium effect on “Rival.” Though it’s a mixed bag soundwise, Specter at the Feast manages to cull its disparate vibes together and not wallow too much — one listen to the snarled “Teenage Disease” shows even 15 years in, BRMC aren’t gonna give up any time soon.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Fire Walker
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 06:23
2.
Let The Day Begin
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 04:06
3.
Returning
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 05:34
4.
Lullaby
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 04:36
5.
Hate The Taste
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 03:50
6.
Rival
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 03:37
7.
Teenage Disease
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 03:22
8.
Some Kind Of Ghost
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 03:51
9.
Sometimes The Light
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 03:20
10.
Funny Games
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 04:38
11.
Sell It
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 06:46
12.
Lose Yourself
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 08:39
13.
Warning Sign
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 05:55
14.
The Knife
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 03:51
15.
Angel Baby
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 04:25

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