Specter At the Feast (Deluxe Edition)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
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Though Robert Levon Been and Peter Hayes are the two key members of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (drummer Leah Shapiro joined before a 2008 tour), the band's silent partner had long been soundman and confidante Michael Been: Robert's dad and once the leader of the '80s band The Call. His passing of a heart attack backstage at the 2010 Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium left the band adrift. Specter at the Feast, dedicated to Michael, is rife with clues in the lyrics and the downcast, often-somber tonal colors that decide where the tunes are going. "Let the Day Begin" is a cover of The Call's 1989 hit. "Lullaby" has the ambient feel of a prime-era U2 ballad. "Returning" throws a funereal organ right up front, while "Some Kind of Ghost" again plays behind the organ and turns in a dark, psychedelic blues. Tunes like "Teenage Disease" and "Rival" show a harder edge, but it's the extended tracks like "Sell It" and "Lose Yourself" that best display the group's expansive talents. The album's bonus-track version includes the exclusive "Warning Sign," "The Knife," and "Angel Baby," which further share Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's creative rebound.
Not as good
I just couldn't get into this record. The magic just wasn't there this time around. Every good band has hits and misses. So as a long time fan I'm just going to forget about this one and look forward to their next release.
Brooding and slow
Although musically satisfying, this is a slow, brooding and plodding collection of songs. I've heard the boys light it up on other offerings. This is certainly not their best. Anyone can write slow plodding songs. At least they didn't write slow love songs. In the end, we've all heard these melodies before. They can do better. I wanted more.
Let the day begin and The Returning: great tunes. Can't wait for new album and tour.. Great lyrics and backbeat.
Formed: 1998 in San Francisco, CA
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
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