San Francisco's Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) follows up its first three studio albums with Live, a record made over various live shows in support of its third record, Baby 81. BRMC has had a tumultuous run since its self-titled debut in 2000 that has included a drummer leaving, returning, then leaving again; battles with a major label (dropped by Virgin after one release); and a total change in musical direction from the first record to the second, then back again, essentially, for the third.
If this recording is any indication, BRMC has thrived with adversity. The set list is a perfect blend from all three albums, from the noise-inspired indie growl of the first track, the mellow Americana-influenced flavor of "Howl," and the more straight ahead rock of "Baby 81." The songs flow smoothly from one to another, presenting a set of music that never starts to sound the same from song to song. The included DVD of the live set, filmed mostly in black and white, lends a bit of noir to the band's moody proceedings.
For fans of BRMC, Live is a must have. For people interested in checking them out, it's a great place to start.