Baby 81 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
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  • Summary: After sitting out an album, drummer Nick Jago rejoins his BRMC bandmates, who return with a harder-edged recording than their 2005 acoustic departure 'Howl.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Revolutionary? Not really. But another strong turn.
  2. 80
    [BRMC] have never sounded more self-assured. [May 2007, p.84]
  3. 80
    BRMC seem invincible; or back to their searing best, at any rate. [May 2007, p.87]
  4. Baby 81 isn’t nearly as complete as Howl despite their admirable willingness to try different things.
  5. The righteous Southern revival swagger of these electrified riffs collect over Jago’s drums to rain down the real rawk people have mistakenly praised Kings Of Leon for providing, absolutely destroying them at their own game.
  6. In the context of their seemingly blinkered attempts at finding some source of inspiration they've produced an entertainingly atmospheric, melodic record to bracing and accessible effect.
  7. A painfully disappointing artistic failure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. LianeC
    May 2, 2007
    10
    Baby 81 is a strong album with a variety of styles on it. Each song is distinct and combines powerful lyrics with music that ranges from rock to soul. Expand
  2. dana
    May 17, 2007
    10
    by far their best album, didnt like the old stuff, too slow. but this album is a proper rock album, every track a good one. i love; cold wind, berlin and americanx Expand
  3. AfrofromAbove1979
    Jul 27, 2007
    10
    Glorious Glorious Glorious!!! My favourite of 2007... American X: a masterpiece of 9:11 minutes... Baby 81: a masterpiece of 60:26 minutes... BRMC: a masterpiece forever. Expand
  4. Accapella
    May 2, 2007
    9
    The first listens were a bad download version, but on CD the songs really come alive. Definitely up there with BRMC and TTOOYO but a different vibe - nice to see a band grow but still kick ass. Some tracks are headkickers - awesome! Expand
  5. scotta
    May 15, 2007
    8
    The guitar playing is good. I like it very much. The singing part is pretty good also. I stole this album from a best buy, so it was definitely worth the money. Expand
  6. JustinS.
    Jun 6, 2007
    7
    Take a Pitchfork review for what it is worth which is about as much as a 200 year old dead guys impression on a newly released album.
  7. JonathanB
    May 21, 2007
    3
    This is... unfortunate stuff. I've been following the boys from the beginning and it seems like every two albums the band either hits it hard on the head like in their original album and Howl, or they just go all out horrible like their sophomore piece Take Them On On Your Own or this current schleck. What can I say? This is unoriginal compared to Howl. AMG hit it square on the nose. Howl was a step in the right direction. Where did they go wrong?! Expand

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