Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?
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Based on 11 reviews
2010 Ratings: #647 / 855
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Based on 10 ratings
February 23, 2010 / Release Date
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Half remembered, half acknowledged, half understood, it is, in short, very subtly brilliant.

If anything, the album almost feels like a spiritual sequel to their full-length debut, Methodrone, with its similarly lengthy tracks and more studio-focused approach rather than live rock & roll bash and crash, but where that album drowned a bit in the end, Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? finds its creators at a remarkable new high.

Flitting between ambient sequences and army-of-guitars maelstroms, this 71-minute magnum opus was recorded in Berlin and Iceland, but loaded with rampant Anglophilia, evident in a Joy Division homage and John Lennon interview clips.
Drowned in Sound

There will be those who'll look at the sleeve, read the controversial title and dismiss the record on the assumption that Anton Newcombe has lost his marbles again. However, venture beyond Who Killed Sgt Pepper's disparaging parameters and there's several exquisite gems to be discovered here.


It's the Brian Jonestown Massacre album that's the least informed by the usual parade of 1960s mod/psych influences, opting instead for flirtations with disco rhythms, drum loops, boom-box beats and house-diva wails.

Under The Radar
At over 71 minutes, the album is overlong, but at least it is cohesive.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Suddenly, and without any warning at all, comes Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?, a monumental failure of the American judicial system and an aural affront to music lovers worldwide. 

The Fly

It’s a soporific swirl of self-indulgent sound that Newcombe and his fervent followers would profess is evidence of his misunderstood genius.

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Track List

  1. Tempo 116.7
  2. Tunger Hnifur
  3. Lets Go Fucking Mental
  4. White Music
  5. This Is the First of Your Last Warning (Icelandic)
  6. This Is the One Thing We Did Not Want to Have Happen
  7. The One
  8. Someplace Else Unknown
  9. Detka! Detka! Detka!
  10. Super Fucked
  11. Our Time
  12. Feel It
  13. Felt Tipped Pictures of UFOs
  14. Ode to Spacemen 3

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