Specter at the Feast - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 80
    BRMC have transcended a past that was extremely full of the past and arrived in the present. [Apr 2013, p.93]
  2. Mar 19, 2013
    80
    Reacting to what life has given them has made Black Rebel Motorcycle Club a better band on Specter at the Feast, and we can hope that this change will stick.
  3. Mar 19, 2013
    80
    Poignant yet triumphant and joyful in tone, the cover [Call's "Let the Day Begin"], as with all of Specter at the Feast, stands as both a heartfelt tribute to their bandmate and a rallying cry for moving forward.
  4. Mar 14, 2013
    80
    The dreamy eight-minute finale, Lose Yourself, is a kind of coming-to-terms hymn--a satisfying ending to a fine record.
  5. Apr 25, 2013
    78
    Melancholy pervades the dreamy "Fire Walker" and "Returning," while creeping darkness duels with a dramatic chorus on "Funny Games."
  6. Mar 25, 2013
    70
    With the exception of the more melodious tracks coming in pairs and slightly hindering the flow of an otherwise excellent album, Specter at the Feast is a very good effort from BRMC, and an example of the continued revitalization that started sometime around Leah Shapiro’s arrival to the band in 2008.
  7. Mar 20, 2013
    70
    Clocking in at just under an hour, its occasionally harrowing contents rendering it an uneasy listen, maybe if BRMC had taken a leaner approach Specter... may have ended up on a few more commercial radars.
  8. 70
    There are ponderous moments later on, like the uninspired ‘Teenage Disease’, but this is a band who’ve found a second wind.
  9. 70
    The album certainly finds the fiery BRMC of old rekindled, with the band wisely applying the lessons they’ve learned over the years to fortify their bold but familiar sound that, while not approaching a reinvention by any means, at least represents a definite rebirth.
  10. May 17, 2013
    65
    There's no real transformation here, but given the subject matter, the band sounds especially urgent, even for BRMC.
  11. Mar 21, 2013
    64
    Balancing the intense with the delicate, BRMC’s Specter showcases the marvelous feat that music can bandage even the deepest of wounds.
  12. Mar 15, 2013
    60
    The superficial snarl and by-the-numbers rawk in the middle on tracks like "Haste The Taste" and "Teenage Disease" never find equal footing with the album's inspired bookends. [No. 96, p.53]
  13. Mar 14, 2013
    60
    Their sixth album uses the same unbending template as ever, but does so with the best songwriting since 2005's Howl. [Apr 2013, p.95]
  14. Apr 8, 2013
    51
    Where the record falters is on the rockers, which are composed of clichés and exhausted riffs only.
  15. 50
    Call these cuts dark. Call them rockers. But they’re neither of these things when stacked against something much more simple and hard-hitting: sincerity.
  16. Mar 18, 2013
    50
    Specter At The Feast runs out of steam before it runs out of songs. Not a terrible album, just one lacking in inspiration.
  17. Mar 14, 2013
    50
    They have made a patchy record that’s very much intended for loyal followers who have completely bought into their long established aesthetic.
  18. Mar 14, 2013
    40
    In short, a bafflingly sequenced and rather unlovable record. [Apr 2013, p.91]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 2, 2013
    8
    Specter At The Feast, which was released 18 of March, 2013, should be listened as a goodbye from a close person, That person is Michael Been, the sound engineer of the band and also The Call former leader and the father of the bass player, Robert Levon Been. The band mates, Peter Hayes and Leah Shapiro, gather together and wrote an album of mourning, adopting more realistic standpoint. I found the album very joyful, maybe because it was made from the bottom of the heart

    (http://5songsperartist.blogspot.co.il/2013/04/specter-at-feast-black-rebel-motorcycle.html)
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  2. Mar 22, 2013
    9
    Recordings made in the shadow of trauma or loss can be one of three things: an overwhelming ode to the loss, a cathartic release from that loss or the sounds of picking up the pieces after said loss. For Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's seventh album, Specter at the Feast, the band had to go through the unexpected and shocking death of Robert Been's father, Michael. We won't spend time with repetition inside the echo chamber; just suffice to say that, for better or for worse, loss and pain still stand as superior sources for an artist's inspiration. If ever you doubt this, simply trek through U2's catalogue for verification....

    Read this review in it's entirety at High Voltage Magazine: http://www.iamhighvoltage.com/reviews/music/brmc2.html
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  3. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    I am not that familiar with BRMC, but after hearing one of the group members on Sound City I decided to give this album a try. I enjoy the riffs and mature depth of the lyrics. This has a dark alley feel with a grungy tinge. A nice discovery. Full Review »