Label
RCA Records Label
Release date
23 Aug 2005
Running length
15 tracks
Running time
56:10

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Shuffle Your Feet 2:53 157,750
2 Howl 4:20 125,306
3 Devil's Waitin' 4:06 105,586
4 Ain't No Easy Way 2:41 183,042
5 Still Suspicion Holds You Tight 4:24 93,830
6 Fault Line 2:57 125,615
7 Promise 4:46 89,942
8 Weight Of The World 3:41 5,893
8 Weight of the World 3:41 133,945
9 Restless Sinner 3:08 94,915
10 Gospel Song 4:31 82,532
11 Complicated Situation 2:43 86,222
12 Sympathetic Noose 4:17 83,102
13 The Line 4:58 73,801
14 Open Invitation 3:04 7,144

About this album

Since the release of Take Them On, On Your Own in 2003, things were tumultuous for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. They were unceremoniously dropped by Virgin in a cloud of bad feeling. They lost their drummer. They bounced back and signed with RCA. They welcomed back their drummer. Somewhere in the middle of all this they completely revamped their sound. In fact, their first record for RCA, 2005’s Howl, sounds like the work of an entirely different group. Gone are the insistent tempos, the snarling vocals, and the sheets of guitar noise. Gone is the hostile and often belligerent pose of the first two albums. Gone is the influence of noise rock bands like the Velvet Underground and the Jesus and Mary Chain. The band has embraced classic American music, namely country, blues, and gospel. It’s dramatically expanded its sound to the point where you wonder if the albums that preceded this were some kind of reductionist prank. The band has a light touch and sense of drama and arrangement here that seems to have come out of the blue. (Check the credit to T-Bone Burnett for “additional recording assistance” for a clue, though.) In fact, the first thing you hear on the album is enough to have you checking to make sure the disc isn’t defective: the multi-tracked vocals of Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been emulating a gospel choir at the beginning of “Shuffle Your Feet,” a rollicking slice of front-porch country complete with strumming acoustic guitars, harmonica, handclaps, and slide.

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