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Black Rebel Motorcyle Club: Wrong Creatures review – another stolid affair

black rebel motorcycle club standing in the desert in their jackets and sunglasses
Scuzzy business as usual… Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

BRMC mapped out their territory on their 2001 debut – essentially, dark and scuzzy black-clad rock – and have barely moved from it since. Their eighth album is another solid affair, from the Mary Chain menace of Spook to the slow-building guitar wig-out of standout Ninth Configuration, not to mention the unexpected Shaun Ryder vocal stylings on the queasily lurching, fairground-evoking Circus Bazooko. At times, however, they come across as a little too ponderous, the likes of Haunt and stadium-indie plod Echo noteworthy mainly for their complete lack of spark. It makes for an album that, weighing in at an hour long, can feel rather bloated.

Listen to All Rise by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
This article titled "Black Rebel Motorcyle Club: Wrong Creatures review – another stolid affair" was written by Phil Mongredien, for The Observer on Sunday 14 January 2018 08.00am

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