Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Wrong Creatures
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #14 / 15
User Score
Based on 45 ratings
2018 Ratings: #15
January 12, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Abstract Dragon, BMG / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Northern Transmissions
While the album could be another hard rock release with little beyond that, they really flesh out their sound for something that mixes the best of U2’s production with an emotion that will scare you.
80
The Independent

I’m not sure if it’s them that’s changed or me, but right now I’m enjoying Wrong Creatures far more than any previous BRMC album.

70
AllMusic

On Wrong Creatures, it's refreshing to hear a band so wrought with spiritual and emotional demons find their rock & roll grace and let it rip.

68
Sputnikmusic

Wrong Creatures is an often somber listen, better done at night. It isn’t Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at their peak, although it shows the three seasoned musicians doing a good job in their own field.

65
The Line of Best Fit

Wrong Creatures has just enough of what made BRMC right, and a few tantalisingly brief flourishes to boot, but it's a balance that can only be struck for so long.

64
Paste

Fans of BRMC, fans of bluesy psych rock and fans of anyone that’s still out there trying to do it with a guitar will love Wrong Creatures. For fans of rock music that jolts you awake and holds you by the throat, it’s just not gonna rock you like it used to.

60
Loud and Quiet

‘Wong Creatures’ is, in effect, a distillation of Black Rebel’s fundamental qualities and flaws. It’s deep in their bones – the brutally good and the terminally bad. It’s a battle that continues as they edge into their third decade together.

60
NME
It needs a little more ‘bite’, a few more musical highs and some lyrical depth to feel essential, but BRMC still have the songs to pull off a record that matters. They’re still doing it, and doing it well – there’s your rock’n’roll.
60
The Observer
It makes for an album that, weighing in at an hour long, can feel rather bloated.
60
No Ripcord

Eight albums in, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club continue to provide a perfectly balanced amalgamation of rock history on Wrong Creatures. Their mission was always to coexist and not to form a common unity with their peers, after all, and they wear their influences with ease. And that toughness they show is still performed with rugged, yet sweet soul.

58
Pitchfork
While they’re not radically altering their own musical DNA, they are still in their own way trying to figure out what they can and cannot do. While that probably sounds like a backhanded compliment for these rock‘n’roll veterans, it might actually be the secret to their longevity. Maybe they’ll even figure out what they’re rebelling against.
40
The Skinny
Their problem is there are other bands doing this kind of thing better (Black Angels, we’re looking at you).
30
Drowned in Sound

Even by BRMC’s terms ... Wrong Creatures is just disappointing.

Jan 20, 2018
DukesAtmosphere
75
BRMC founding member Peter Hayes first came to prominence at age 21 in the late ‘90s as guitarist and bass player for the now infamous Brian Jonestown Massacre. His stint with the BJM is featured prominently in the critically heralded award winning music documentary DiG! from 2004. Following his departure in 1998 Hayes formed the San Francisco based power trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (named after Marlon Brando’s bike gang from the 1953 film The Wild One) with high school friend ... read more
Jan 19, 2018
Music_Observer
67
This music doesn’t quite put its strongest foot forward. The lengthy, drawn out passages of minimal engaging material take up most of the work and show no real purpose. Much of that comes down to the mostly ordinary, sluggish sound from the small acoustic instrumentation. The guitar remained the cornerstone of the sound throughout the album and never provided any interesting delivery on a structural level. This is evident in songs like “Spook” and “Question of ... read more
Jan 17, 2018
itsyahboinoah
50
Just like the album cover, this record feels like "by your numbers" alternative rock record. No shit, i could hear this in the radio.
Jan 17, 2018
soreman
53
Weird stuff. Sounds like Coldplay playing stoner.
Jan 17, 2018
70
Son los Jesús and Mary Chain ....y me gustan!!!
Track List
  1. DFF
  2. Spook
  3. King of Bones
  4. Haunt
  5. Echo
  6. Ninth Configuration
  7. Question of Faith
  8. Calling Them All Away
  9. Little Thing Gone Wild
  10. Circus Bazooko
  11. Carried From the Start
  12. All Rise


Added on: September 16, 2017