Baby 81 CD (2007)

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Baby 81 is an ambitious, powerful, guitar-driven rock'n'roll record that's guaranteed to get people jumping and thinking. Sonically it's a far cry from 2005's rootsy, acoustic Howl, Baby 81 was born only minutes after the final track on Howl was completed, when Peter Hayes (guitars/vocals) and Robert Levon Been (bass/vocals/keys) were rejoined in the studio by drummer Nick Jago after a brief break up earlier that year.

"I was almost in tears the whole time, it was very emotional," Jago recalls. "That was the most memorable recording session I've had." Been felt the same way: After laying down the inspired, hard-charging "Took Out a Loan" and "666 Conducer," "I held onto those two songs for the next year, daydreaming about what would happen if we finished that" Been says.

Baby 81 is a driving rock'n'roll record that still maintains Howl's folky core. "I see it kind of as the sister of Howl," Hayes says. Lyrically, the group lasers in on a theme they've explored before: "Personal revolt. It's gotta start somewhere, and if it ain't on a personal level, it's too easy to beat the crap out of governments with words," Hayes explains. "Start with yourself and hopefully you get enough people doing it on their own and we can all come together."

Track Listing
1. Took Out a Loan
2. Berlin
3. Weapon of Choice
4. Window
5. Cold Wind
6. It's Not What You Wanted
7. 666 Conducer
8. All You Do is Talk
9. Lien on Your Dreams
10. Need Some Air
11. Killing the Light
12. American X
13. Am I Only?


Label Rca/red
SKU 204339906
UPC 886970380225
UPC 14 00886970380225
Format CD
Release Date 5/1/2007
Author Black Rebel Motorcyc
Drums Nick Jago
Vocals, Guitars Peter Hayes
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals Robert Levon Been
Artist Bio
Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubIt seems strange to rely on a second century spiritual proverb to give meaning to the story of a rock 'n roll band in 2005. But the tale of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and the arduous circumstances surrounding the making of its third and finest full length, Howl, requires just such a reference. Translated from the ancient Coptic language, the phrase in question reads:"If you bring forth what is within you, what you will bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.For Peter Hayes, Robert Levon Been, and Nick Jago - the three individuals collectively known as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - those words could easily have served as a bitter epitaph. But instead, they became a kind of rallying cry for the new record. For Howl is the sound of a band reaching deep within its soul in order to save itself; the sound of a band giving up its rock 'n' roll meal ticket and finding salvation and sustenance in a rich banquet of folk, country, blues, gospel and pop; the sound of a band finally owning up to itself and its vast limitless potential.In content and form the 13 songs are as far removed from BRMC's previous albums - partly by design, partly because of the process - as they could be. Strain and grope for adjectives all you want, but the best and most accurate way to describe Howl - its title inspired by group's own vulturine spirit as much as the work of the beat poets - is simply to say that it's a line of demarcation in the band's catalog. It's the same line that the Stones drew with Beggars Banquet; that the Clash drew with London Calling. It's both a summation and a turning point, a nod to the past and a look into the future as well.Yet, not so long ago, it appeared very much as though BRMC itself was on the eve of destruction.The initial sessions that produced Howl began in June of 2004 in a basement studio outside Philadelphia with old friends Ryan and Paul Cobb, frontmen of Mad Action. "It's just their parents place," says Been. "But it has an amazing f***ing sound. We did it on an old one-inch tape recorder, no tricks. We'd get up and their mom would fix us spaghetti and we'd go down into the basement and record."
Review During the last album, time couldn't save their souls. Here and now, they can't wait for time to save themselves. Welcome back BRMC...Welcome back Nick Jago. There's no doubt, the countrified corner that BRMC found themselves painted into during Howl was pretty much down to his errant behavior, so it's not a surprise to find his restoration marking a return to the sound with which they made friends and influenced people...It's what we want them to do and ultimately, it's what they're best at. Which isn't to say that the time that Robert Been and Peter Hayes spent getting in touch with their acoustic side has been forgotten. Howl showed that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club could be more than just fuzz and the feedback, and Baby 81 takes that idea and runs with it. Ok, it's (very) slightly at the expense of some of the nihilistic snarl which first endeared them to us, but in exchange we get an album with charms that run deeper.
Reviewer Tim Lee
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Black Rebel Motorcyc
Music Format Compact Disc
Los Angeles Times ...another strong turn.
Sputnikmusic A masterful little work of sonic soundscapes, dark edges, muted colors, and low, simmering sexuality.
Uncut ...back to their searing best...

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