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
  1. RonP
    Sep 20, 2006
    10
    Don't expect the same ol' BRMC - expect something that will blow you away and bring you back time and time again for more...
  2. MarkC
    Sep 26, 2005
    10
    Love it
  3. DanG
    Nov 24, 2005
    10
    The freshest album I've heard in a long time. Maturity and insight beyond their three records. This new direction reveals BRMC's The freshest album I've heard in a long time. Maturity and insight beyond their three records. This new direction reveals BRMC's diverse talent and musical knowledge. Expand
  4. JosephO
    Sep 20, 2005
    9
    This is a fantastice ALBUM. Play it from start to finish in the right frame of mind and you might be convinced too...this is a contender for This is a fantastice ALBUM. Play it from start to finish in the right frame of mind and you might be convinced too...this is a contender for the best of 2005. Expand
  5. ZavkA
    Sep 26, 2005
    9
    Howl certainly contains some of the most outstanding BRMC songs to date and some of the best Rock this year.
  6. matta
    Dec 6, 2005
    8
    This is a solid album and great redirection of their sound. Up until track 8 I was convinced I was listening to a definite top ten album of This is a solid album and great redirection of their sound. Up until track 8 I was convinced I was listening to a definite top ten album of the year. After track 8 it isn't terrible just not as solid which puts it just in my top 25 right now. This is a great cd, much better than the metascore would indicate. Expand
  7. phaid
    Sep 13, 2005
    0
    Loved their first album. Was o.k. with their second. But this mess? This second rate black crowes album? Why? Why? Why? Do they even know who Loved their first album. Was o.k. with their second. But this mess? This second rate black crowes album? Why? Why? Why? Do they even know who they are. A flat out mess. Expand

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