Beat The Devil's Tattoo - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
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  • Summary: With new drummer Leah Shapiro (who replaced Nick Jago), the rock band from San Francisco works to mix its rock side with the country/acoustic sound it revealed in 2005's Howl.
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  1. At its finest, the album serves as the ideal soundtrack for a fleet of lonely, grizzled bikers lost on a desert highway: slow-rolling and hardened, simultaneously seething, brooding, and wistful, and armed with the pride of vagrancy.
  2. With an overall sound that seems inspired by a searing mix of old-timey blues mixed with a hypodermic blast of melodic noise, there is a driving, wild-eyed intensity to many of the tracks on Beat the Devil's Tattoo.
  3. If there were ever a reason for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's existence, this would be it, and despite the false dawns of albums past, Beat The Devil's Tattoo can hold its head high as their most compulsive body of work to date.
  4. The result is a collection rich in fan favorites, but lacking in momentum.
  5. It’s their most consistent outing since their debut, but it’s never much better than average. BRMC is a decent rock band, and if all we expect from them is fuzzed out garage jams they don’t disappoint.
  6. They may have quenched their thirst for charging rock, but it’s their mellower songs that stand out.
  7. Beat the Devil's Tattoo finds BRMC edging ever further toward parody. [Apr 2010, p.109]

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