Red Of Tooth And Claw - Murder by Death
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the rock band was produced by Trina Shoemaker.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 84
    It sounds like the freak show has just rolled into town--better get your tickets quick, because this is one spectacle well worth the price of admission. [Winter 2008, p.103]
  2. With Red Of Tooth And Claw they've finally realized the full potential they've been hinting toward all those years--and like all great stories, it's not always pretty. [Apr 2008, p.158]
  3. It may sound at first like the makings of a mediocre goth album, but the band's combination of a taut, tense, elegant delivery and poetic lyrics breathes life into each of Red of Tooth and Claw's songs.
  4. Truly, the characters in Turla’s songs are alive, relatable, and utterly fascinating, all while showing his quantum-leap forward as a songwriter, praise that’s not meant to be taken lightly. It’s just frustrating that his elegant prose is married to a Murder by Death sound that’s homogenized to the point of almost being lifeless.
  5. 60
    Red of Tooth & Claw sometimes feels too much like style over substance, but the best moments here are in the detail. [July 2008, p.106]
  6. 60
    Red of Tooth and Claw, like 2006's grumpier "In Bocca Al Lupo," runs low on contemporary touchstones or appeal. Keep this on your great-grandparents' Victrola, though, for a rainy afternoon of rootsy escapism.
  7. Red envisions turbulence, stages it professionally, and downplays Murder By Death's power to frighten listeners and conjure up dust storms.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. JoeG.
    Mar 18, 2008
    It gives me goosebumps.
  2. bruceWayne
    Nov 4, 2008
    The best country album since johnny cash walked the earth.
  3. gocitizen
    Apr 12, 2008
    Incredibly realized and wholly unexpected. Every song stands on its own and builds upon the last. Murder by Death always seemed decent to me, but I never guessed that they had this disc in them. Among the best I've heard this year. Expand
  4. adamk
    Apr 19, 2008
    Flawless. Best album of the year. Not since the first time I heard Tom Waits has music made me feel like this. There is an emotional intensity here that does not abide. The cello combined with the deep voice reminiscent of Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen rolled into one are what make this band and this album something special, along with the Wild West riffs. This goes for all their other works as well, but this was the only album on here. Expand
  5. Apr 7, 2011
    I hope all these glowing reviews don't let me down. I bought In Bocca Al Lupo because I heard the single "Brother." What a piece of crap that album was. I can't believe I paid for it. Thank god for illegal downloading. Sorry Murder By Death. You're going to have to redeem yourself to earn my money again. Expand