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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.'

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