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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Baby 81

21 05 2010

Listened: Thursday May 20

After all that love for their B.R.M.C. album, I have to admit that I haven’t listened to Baby 81 much at all. This might even have been the first time I listened to it all the way through. For some reason I’ve let it sit around unheard all this time. Happens sometimes.

From what I can tell, they mashed up the pre-Howl sound with the Howl sound (harder sound, less reverb, especially on the vocals). Which is not a bad thing. I actually like Howl a lot, despite it being wildly different in sound than their first two records. There were a lot of hard-core fans who had a Subterranean Homesick Blues-type reaction to it – what the hell is this, give us our BRMC sound we know and love. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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