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Ltd CD EP on 'a' Records. Edition of 2000 hand-numbered copies.
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The Brian Jonestown Massacre are my favourite band ever, but their releases since about 2008 have been a bit underwhelming. Both of their most recent albums ('Aufheben' and 'Who Killed Sgt. Pepper') contained moments of absolute brilliance alongside too many songs that just don't quite hit the spot, and it's kinda the same on this new EP really.
Two of the four tracks here are versions of a song ('Viholliseni Maala' from 'Aufheben') that I've never warmed to. In certain moods there's enough in the almost Shadows-y guitars to hook me in, it's great to hear Matt Hollywood back on vocals (on the new version), and it's good to be able to hear the lyrics in English (new version again). In other moods, there isn't, it isn't that a big a deal, and the lyrics don't really inspire.
Better fare is found in the title track, 'Revolution Number Zero'. This one has been knocking about for a bit via an 8MM Musik comp that seems to have got delayed here at Norman Records (sorry about that!), but most BJM aficionados probably will have heard it already. It's a noisier, more ramshackle affair recalling some of the BJM's best stuff (e.g. 'Monkey Puzzle' from the brilliant 'Take It From The Man'). Unfortunately, it also does something that I really struggle with in any song and quotes a previous lyric from the same artist. Somewhat irrationally I hate it when this happens, no matter who does it. Others may love it, like. Fair does.
Luckily, there's one completely new song on here ('Don't Say A Thing') and it's pretty fucking great - one of the best things from the BJM in a while. Slower, slurrier, woozier and all-round great. So, on balance, this EP contains more to love than to simply shrug at. Not at the heights that Newcombe and the rest used to scale with ease, but definitely worth the price of entry.
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