Something Else is the first of two full-length albums promised to us by The Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2018. After dabbling in experimentation - using Brazilian and Middle Eastern Music along with shoegaze as inspiration for a couple of albums, Anton Newcombe returns to the sound his fans know and love. 180g white vinyl LP and CD on ’a’ Recordings.
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The first of two (count 'em) albums by the Brian Jonestown Massacre this year yet there never seems to be a let up in the demand for their albums. Two reasons probably - firstly BJM fans are a loyal bunch and secondly their albums always maintain a certain standard. Nothing since 'Revelation' has shimmered quite with the quality of that record. After that the rate of releases has accelerates markedly though every album has stellar stand out moments.
Fans of Anton Newcombe's schtick will find lots to enjoy here - the opening 'Hold That Thought' drives forward on a classic churning BJM riff whilst 'Skin and Bones' belts along with wandering solos and the now de rigeur Stonesy riffs. There's less experimenting here - the kraut jamming and electronic interludes of the likes of 'Don't Get Lost' are marginalised for a return to the more gritty 60's influenced psych the band have long peddled. In fact you start wondering how much BJM can get out of this sound but the inventive swirl of the likes of 'My Poor Heart' suggests they could perhaps go on forever.
It might not be a cool term to use but 'Something Else' verifies that BJM are great 'riff rockers'. Every track is driven along by a great big catchy chord sequence that after a couple of spins sounds like some long forgotten 'Nuggets' obscurity. Newcombe's vocals and lyrics are more often than not distorted and hard to decipher but this suits the dredged up sound of the LP. At times it seems they may be repeating themselves but if you adore this sound then it doesn't rally matter. After a few years of pushing the boundaries of their sound, BJM have simply made a great, straightforward album....and I have absolutely no problem with that.
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