Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat The Devil's Tattoo
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Release date: 09 February 2010
An earnest offering and not much else
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat The Devil's Tattoo: Wikipedia Album Entry
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's 2010 album, Beat the Devil's Tattoo, finds the band splitting the difference between the rootsy Americana of 2005's Howl and the return to fuzzed-out noise rock that was 2007's Baby 81. Having once again parted ways with original drummer Nick Jago, bassist Robert Levon Been and guitarist Peter Hayes seem to have found a renewed creative spark with replacement drummer Leah Shapiro. Shapiro comes to the fold with strong noise rock credentials, having been a member of the punk-psych N.Y.C.-based Dead Combo and touring with the Raveonettes. With an overall sound that seems inspired by a searing mix of old-timey blues mixed with a hypodermic blast of melodic noise, there is a driving, wild-eyed intensity to many of the tracks on Beat the Devil's Tattoo. From the opening death-ballad title track and the gospel-meets-Madchester "Conscience Killer," the stoned robot funk of "War Machine," and the blissed-out acoustic folk ballad "Sweet Feeling," BRMC are in top form. But if you're looking for gutting-jet-engine lift-off, the cosmically epic, sanguine rock anthem "Bad Blood," with its repeated chorus of "I can see it in your eyes and now it's gone" is, like the rest of Beat the Devil's Tattoo, likely to grab you by the throat and leave its mark for some time to come.
Review by Matt Collar
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She's a reckless lover with her blood stained hands
'Round the neck of her helpless man
She's the midnight silence, an outbound train
She's glory of fallen names
I'm a constant sinner, a conscience killer
I'm a righteous heartache, never gonna let you get close to mine
I'm a punk every time, give me little room
And I'll spit in your eye
Don't you try to explain all the words
That you've made for love
But you can't even pray
'Cause the words make you frail and hollow
I'd never known her to cry
But this time is different for sure
She's shaking with tears in her eyes
As she picks up what's left of the night
Everything just falls away
Just give it back into your arms
So many pieces fall away
Just give 'em back into your hearts
Don't say it's over so soon
We've tied to the day every wrong
We can wait in the shadows of mourning
But to wait just betrays what's to come
You have forsaken all the love you've taken
Sleeping on a razor, there's nowhere left to fall
Your body's aching, every bone is breaking
Nothing seems to shake it, it just keeps holding on
You just turned so white
Never needed you so bad
There's nothing left to disguise
You never wanted it so bad
I'm waiting for you to say the words to make me stay
As you're walking out the door my heart steps on the floor
I never dreamed it'd be, you make me feel so free
The shadow's creeping, only one way left to go
You hit the bottom where the silence only grows
It's never alone
Can you scream the words I could never hear?
Can you feel the silence begin to tear?
But it just takes so much to make it real
Will you lay me down, will you lay me down?
Will you lay me down inside heavens walls
Where every soul is a setting sun?
We were close but we never made it home
We could see what we had and we let it go
Now it's miles away and cast in stone