We rely on Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for pervasive distortion, a drone buzzing with feedback and dirt. But on the Cali trio's third long-player, that entire train of thought has disappeared, replaced with a folksy blues sound packed with gospel undertones and country tendencies. Seriously. Initially, it's an ugly shock, but after awhile, the purity sinks in: On such tunes as "Ain't No Easy Way" and "Weight of the World," there's an honesty in front-man Peter Hayes' straight, undistorted delivery that says far more than any of the Club's crackling feedback ever did. Relying on acoustic guitars, the occasional harmonica, and simpler... More >>>