Howl - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
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  • Summary: A radical departure from previous efforts, the band's third album adds a lot of acoustic guitars and other Americana and blues elements into the mix.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Deeply hypnotic narco-blues that conjure both The Band's epic pastorals... and Nick Cave's Southern Goth. [26 Aug 2005, p.59]
  2. This is a record of towering acoustic-based songwriting. [Sep 2005, p.114]
  3. 80
    The new approach... lets them explore their lyrical side. [Sep 2005, p.94]
  4. It isn't their best record, but as an acknowledgement that slabs of feedback-laden noise weren't going to take them much further, and change was needed for an attempt at a long-term career, it's promising.
  5. Cramming together brash rock snottiness with meek country hollers is hardly uncharted territory (not that it matters), but BRMC's particular mash-up still makes for a strangely intriguing party.
  6. The songwriting on mellower numbers like "Promise" isn't as finely crafted as the expansive sound. [25 Aug 2005, p.99]
  7. Howl indulges the band's heretofore-dormant interest in country, gospel, and Delta blues, in an exercise that sounds about as exercise-y as music gets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29