Like many before them, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club experimented with a roots phase on their last disc, Howl, only to realize that loud guitars and throaty snarls are their forte. Their latest, Baby 81, is loaded with the stuff the band does best - crunchy riffs, epic songwriting and loud Oasis-like wails. But before fans of the old BRMC rush their nearest HMV, they should probably know that most of Baby 81 is pretty generic rock 'n' roll. That's not to say it's bad; there are plenty of infectious moments like Weapon Of Choice, a scorching Vines-meets-Jet rocker, or the Sean Lennon-like Windows, but Baby 81's not nearly as original or as interesting as their past releases - including Howl.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play the Kool Haus on May 26.