Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Every single one of the lyrics is either a really, really lame Spacemen Zero drug innuendo (the – hey! – 10-minute epic ‘’Half-State’), about ‘twisted’ love (the – hey! – ‘stripped down’ ‘Sweet Feeling’s Gone’) or mentions “highways”.
  2. 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.
  3. They may have quenched their thirst for charging rock, but it’s their mellower songs that stand out.
  4. Sixth studio outing Beat the Devil's Tattoo is already getting billed as the one that brings all these prodigal sons' (and daughters'-- ex-Raveonette Leah Shapiro is now on drums) stylistic detours back home. It kind of is, but if BRMC's sound has cohered, their songwriting has unfortunately done the opposite.
  5. Q Magazine
    Beat the Devil's Tattoo finds BRMC edging ever further toward parody. [Apr 2010, p.109]
  6. Devil's Tattoo is unremittingly grim, and undeniably fun. Few bands wear their frowns so well.
  7. Uncut
    It's unlikely comfort is their aim, but that's the effect oif this over-familiar blend of woozy disaffection and slow-burning sensuality. [Apr 2010, p.83]
  8. Under The Radar
    "Howl" prepared BRMC fans for the deeper blues foray Beat has fullly entered. [Winter 2010, p.62]

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