It's been three years since Black Rebel Motorcycle Club put out their last album, Beat the Devil's Tattoo, but there's been good reason for the band's absence from the CD rack. In 2010, BRMC member Robert Levon Been lost his father, Call frontman Michael Been, who died at the age of 60. From that sadness came Specter at the Feast, which addresses mourning and acceptance in dark but compelling ways. But this is no dirge: Strangely enough, this might be BRMC's most liberating and life-affirming release.
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