“We don’t like you, we just want to try you” are the first lyrics on the ironically entitled first track, ‘Stop’. With lyrics like this and a CD title to match, we’re introduced to a BLACK REBEL MOTOR CYCLE CLUB (BRMC) that’s more confrontational than before. That attitude is matched with artistry expressed through a Brit indie sound that’s a reminder of Oasis but with an urgency accompanied by louder guitars and rhythmic drums. This time round, the vocals are audible and benefit their protest against love and conscientious disgust at our world gone wrong.
‘In Like the Rose’ presents a slower tempo that creates a spacey ambience that somehow seems more meaningful and makes it one of my choices. ‘And I’m Aching’ takes those traits deeper so that i could swear that i was listening to a modern John Lennon. ‘Generation’, ‘Rise and Fall’ and ‘US Government’ are also highlights. Their brilliant lyrics are a singular justification for you needing to listen to them.
“I’ve had a realization
No one really listens, nothing’s really there
I’m choosing sides
I’m keeping up with you and your invasion eyes
You’ve got the world in a coma
You put the knife in our back and no one even cares
I’ve been feeling alone in this generation
I ain’t found the need, I ain’t found the reason
I got nowhere to go in this generation
Don’t fuck with me.”
There are a number of tracks such as ‘Babe’ and ‘Heart and Soul’ that are too similar and even by themselves are monotonous but because we’re given 64 minutes (that does include greats), BRMC are forgiven. Take Them On Your Own is a good album but to appreciate it fully will require some patience so that you can replay to overcome the lack of immediacy.