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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. Acoustic ballads, space-rock forays, and splashes of glam bubble up before it’s all over, while a pervasive darkness holds the album together. Happily, it seems BRMC’s odyssey continues.
  3. 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.
  4. The result is a collection rich in fan favorites, but lacking in momentum.
  5. They may have quenched their thirst for charging rock, but it’s their mellower songs that stand out.
  6. Under The Radar
    "Howl" prepared BRMC fans for the deeper blues foray Beat has fullly entered. [Winter 2010, p.62]
  7. Q Magazine
    Beat the Devil's Tattoo finds BRMC edging ever further toward parody. [Apr 2010, p.109]

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