Album Review: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - 'Beat The Devil's Tattoo' (Abstract Dragon/Co-Op)
An earnest offering and not much else
So what we get on [b]BRMC[/b]’s fifth album ‘proper’ is… well, I mean they’ve actually written a fucking song called [b]‘River Styx’[/b]. Seriously! And every single one of the lyrics is either a really, really lame Spacemen Zero drug innuendo (the – hey! – 10-minute epic [b]‘’Half-State’[/b]), about ‘twisted’ love (the – hey! – ‘stripped down’ [b]‘Sweet Feeling’s Gone’[/b]) or mentions “highways”. There’s another song called [b]‘Consience Killer’[/b], on which one of them sneers, [i]“I’m a preacher with a gun!”[/i] This, of course, would all be fine if there was even a milligram of knowingness, and if it wasn’t all always backed by the kind of drivetime-Velvets fuzz that says “deep down, I am quite scared of talking heroin, don’t really understand Naked Lunch and secretly prefer Bon Jovi to The Stooges. However, I want the world to think I’m, y’know, dark.”
[b]BRMC[/b] “mean it”, for sure. The problem is they mean it in the way [b]Spinal Tap[/b] mean it.
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