Cult fans beware: acoustic classic rock dominates BRMC’s third album.
After its first two fuzzed-out garage-rock albums, San Francisco band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club developed a devoted cult following, said Ed Bumgardner in the Winston-Salem, N.C., Journal. On its third release, BRMC, as it is also known, switches gears and slows down. 'œAcoustic guitars now dominate a rejiggered front-porch sound that pulls heavily from the old country blues and spirituals.' It's so different from BRMC's previous work it may lose some fans. But the mellower sound 'œstill cuts to the core.' Some of the songs are like outtakes from '70s-era Rolling Stones albums, with some Neil Young thrown in for flavor, said Puckett Jeffrey Lee in the Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal. 'œShuffle Your Feet' 'œmarries a sleazy blues shuffle to churchy harmonies' for a particularly potent classic-rock thrill. But much of the time, the record is merely pleasant, which, while desirable in life, is less so in a rock band. Actually, BRMC has managed to update the sound of Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson without sounding like a tribute band, said Devin Grant in the Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier. It pulls together a series of sepia-toned 'œmusical landscapes that are as stark as they are beautiful.'