The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?


2.0
poor

Review

by AggravatedYeti USER (46 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2010 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Album #12 for the San Fransisco psychedelic rockers is a bloated and arduous affair. One that doesn't leave much to the imagination...also it might put you to sleep.

It’s getting harder and harder to keep my *** together when concerning you Anton Newcombe. No seriously -- it is getting a bit ridiculous. I don’t care about how much of a drug addled jerk-off you were portrayed as in Dig! Regardless of how true or un-true the footage was, I’m over it, in fact I never cared. I’d probably still like Methodrone just the same even if you were(n’t) a douche. What is pissing me off is where you get off thinking quantity somehow over shadows quality. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the absurd fury with which you used to produce music, in fact I couldn’t ask for much more. But would it hurt to let all these great ideas of yours gestate just a little bit longer? I mean, dude -- thirteen tracks? Seventy-one minutes? And I’ve got to trudge my way through all this slop to reach the few bright spots? The whole first quarter of the album sounds like a collection of two different cheesy motifs (Bad New Wave Revival & Lo-fi Drone respectively) that you’ve been toying with forever, just turned up to 11, like it‘s going to fix everything.

“White Music,” which rumbles it’s few stray plucks on some harp strings into Snoozeville, is the clearest offender of this wasted space (time). But the over saturated rockabilly of “Our Time,” is just as easily the pit fall. Could be the infuriatingly lo-fi buzzer “The Heavy Knife” too -- no, it’s that incessant chanting of let’s go ***ing mental! La la la! on well, “Let’s Go ***ing Mental.” That’s the nail in the coffin, right there.

It’s not that I hate you Anton, or furthermore who ever is in your band at this point -- I just want more. The meandering nature of the music becomes grating by the end. Which is a problem considering most of the better songs are on the back end of Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? Unfortunately by the time you reach them it’s tough to still care.

It’s sad Anton, considering when you’re on, you’re pretty on. Although album stand out and mid-section crux “This Is The First Of Your Last Warnings” features a minute-plus Dance Punk meets Kraut Rock build up that would make even James Murphy cringe. This is before you let Unnur Andrea Einarsdottir grab a hold of it and transform the song into an inspired psychedelic dance-off. The vibrant electro-pop of “Detka!Detka!Detka!” and infectious “The One,” with all it’s post-punk grandeur, pop up as the few other shreds of hope on the LP. They can’t do much to quell the sneaking (really ***ing apparent) suspicion that this album would have been a lot more successful with a little more time in the oven and maybe a bit more red tape. Anton, I want to like your band, but with Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? it keeps getting that much more difficult.



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AggravatedYeti
May 22nd 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Stream in it's entirety on their website or youtube!

Each song comes with it's own music video of varying quality!

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2010


10545 Comments


band annoys me

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

EVedder27
May 22nd 2010


6088 Comments


haha awesome. I was looking for this to review when it came out, but I never found it and gave up.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2010


15069 Comments


123 klap

AggravatedYeti
May 22nd 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

band is kinda aggravating.

SeaAnemone
May 22nd 2010


20834 Comments


all this talk about annoyances is making me aggravated

EVedder27
May 22nd 2010


6088 Comments


aggravatedanemone

Klekticist
May 22nd 2010


1259 Comments


123 klap [2]

AggravatedYeti
May 22nd 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

aggravatedanemone


copy written so -- don't copy me

but srsly I love that.

AggravatedYeti
May 22nd 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I compared the Orlando Magic and their quality of play tonight vs. the Celts to this album's sit-around-and-do-nothing aesthetic at a bar and some dude got mad at me because he was a fan.
wtf BJTM...really?

Bitchfork
June 8th 2010


7584 Comments


Band was on trutv and basically bitched at fans and did the whole crystal castles fight thing.

AggravatedYeti
June 8th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ughh, Anton Newcombe.

PuddlesPuddles
June 8th 2010


4787 Comments


These guys are still around?
What...

AggravatedYeti
June 8th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I know right? and in fact little has changed.
except they've gotten worse...

Bitchfork
June 10th 2010


7584 Comments


well no fucking really. aggravatedyeti
moar like fuckingstupidgodieyeti.
god now i'm aggravatedbitch. die.

sorry for the immaturity

AggravatedYeti
June 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

its cool.
this crap brings out the worst in all of us.

foreverendeared
June 10th 2010


14678 Comments


I like this band, haven't heard this album though.

EVedder27
June 10th 2010


6088 Comments


I think I figured it out, Anton Newcombe killed Sgt. Pepper

AggravatedYeti
June 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

honestly cannot recommend much of their output since the turn of the century. Their 90s albums are where it's at.

Mr. Allen we've got a prize for your correct answer:
[img]http://www.chrislott.org/wp-content/uploads/2006/06/homer-do-nothing.gif[/img]

foreverendeared
June 10th 2010


14678 Comments


yeah Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request and Thank God For Mental Illness are the best



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