AOTY 2020
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Wrong Creatures
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #758 / 830
User Score
Based on 111 ratings
2018 Ratings: #597
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January 12, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Abstract Dragon, BMG / Label
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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.
Most bands aren’t dangerous anymore and most of them dress as if they’re going to their niece’s christening. All the sharp edges have been neatly removed, along with most of the bits that make them interesting. It seems that BRMC have scooped them all up, grafted them on and made “Wrong Creatures”.
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.

Wrong Creatures succeeds far more often than it fails. It’s epic, full of attitude and done with a whole heap of style. After two decades and eight studio albums, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are still swinging and still, mostly, connecting.
Under The Radar

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Wrong Creatures ravages, destroys, pillages, and burns over regions of rock music's most heralded aspects: serrating distortion, kindling rhythms, Lou Reed-copied vocal tonality.


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.


Wrong Creatures progressively follows 2013's Specter at the Feast, with a solid sound rooted in densely layered guitar work providing landscapes for deep lyrics, with supportive percussion. Been, Peter Hayes, and drummer Leah Shapiro bring the entirety of the band's career out with this album.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.
The Observer
It makes for an album that, weighing in at an hour long, can feel rather bloated.
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.

FLOOD Magazine

Wrong Creatures doesn’t have the fixation of the band’s best moments—despite the sadness the outfit felt over death and ill health in its ranks—yet it doesn’t come across as blurrily unmoored either.

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.
Spectrum Culture

The songs on Wrong Creatures will likely make for engaging concerts, but it will take much more than this to make a truly enduring album.

The Skinny
Their problem is there are other bands doing this kind of thing better (Black Angels, we’re looking at you).
Drowned in Sound

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

at least they're not doing EDM shit on their stuff
Just like the album cover, this record feels like "by your numbers" alternative rock record. No shit, i could hear this in the radio.
Wrong Creatures is an album that comes off as generic alternative rock with a penchant for lasting way too long for no discernable reason or purpose. Seemingly stuck in the past, this record feels like it is decades old.

Each track finds a way to be as mediocre as possible, with basic riffs, some lower key vocals, and predictable sections sprinkled throughout. Granted, there are some tracks with some neat chord progressions, but these are few and far between. Notable examples of these tracks ... read more
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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
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Added on: September 16, 2017