Specter at the Feast - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
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  • Band members: Robert Levon Been, Leah Shapiro, Peter Hayes
  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the Los Angeles alternative rock trio was written in Santa Cruz and includes a cover of The Call's "Let The Day Begin." [Michael Been, the father of lead singer Robert, fronted The Call and passed away in 2010.]
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
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  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
    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.
  3. Apr 25, 2013
    78
    Melancholy pervades the dreamy "Fire Walker" and "Returning," while creeping darkness duels with a dramatic chorus on "Funny Games."
  4. May 17, 2013
    65
    There's no real transformation here, but given the subject matter, the band sounds especially urgent, even for BRMC.
  5. 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]
  6. Apr 8, 2013
    51
    Where the record falters is on the rockers, which are composed of clich├ęs and exhausted riffs only.
  7. Mar 14, 2013
    40
    In short, a bafflingly sequenced and rather unlovable record. [Apr 2013, p.91]

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  1. 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. Collapse
  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. 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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