The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Revelation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
May 23rd, 2014 | 29 replies


Release Date: 05/19/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A stroll down memory lane with The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Anton is sober for four years now and it shows. His late '00s forays into droning psychedelia have ended up as the acid soaked My Bloody Underground and Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?, two efforts that are definitely the most divisive in the band's catalog so far. He finally got clean after at least two decades of inner battles and as a result, all subsequent efforts moved away from the crazy, alcohol and drug-induced trips. For the latest material, created with the help of current collaborators (which include founding members Matt Hollywood and lately, Ricky Maymi, among others) a more polished approach has been given to the same old 60s pastiche with Eastern flavors. Even though there aren't any radical changes as the aforementioned records were, Revelation pieces together a larger variety of songs. All aim in different directions and much like Newcombe put it, he "liked each track on its own, but could not see how they all flowed together...''

Whereas this LP isn't as disjointed as the man thinks, it offers a broad selection of instantly recognizable BJM tunes that flow together more like a compilation than a single unit. There are songs that remind of Aufheben, such as the fast-paced opener, 'Vad Hände Med Dem?' that features Joachim Alhund of Les Big Byrds on vocals. It's a really cool cut which provides a great transition from the respective record to where the current journey is headed for. Also, the campfire ditty 'Nightbird' and especially the instrumental 'Second Sighting' add to the pastoral sound Anton has been pursuing lately. The gentle guitar strumming and flutes create a soothing atmosphere where the band sounds more peaceful than ever.

Other tracks reminisce the hazy sound of the classic Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request. The trance inducing 'Memory Camp' along with 'Days, Weeks & Moths' and 'What You Isn't' offer some muzzy grooves that fans have been dying to hear since forever. Also, the straightforward rock 'n' roll found on 'Food For Clouds', 'Xibalba' and 'Goodbye (Butterfly)' echo Take It From The Man! as well as Give It Back! at times. They are great additions that show just how diverse these guys have been throughout the years and taking the best of each era surely makes for a very rewarding listen. Moreover, Anton's voice sounds healthier too. He has always used that wasted croon, however, it has more presence and is less shaky now, thus adding some actual boost to the tunes.

Even though it might not rank as essential Brian Jonestown Massacre, Revelation is a lovely experience. It doesn't offer plenty new stuff yet Anton found another way to craft those overused chords with various sonic ornaments into a beautiful, brand new piece of work. This album also shares a certain comfortable, relaxed feel to it as a result of being recorded in his own studio in Berlin. Newcombe always needed his own space and time frame to unfold his genius and it seems this time even went on to elaborate the songs more than sticking only to droning patterns. So, this is one of their best records for casual listeners to sink in, moreover, one where fans of each era will find at least a couple of tunes to put on repeat. Dig it.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2014


3502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some of the things mentioned in this review can be found on my Aufheben one, but when not many things change, there are only so many different things you can say about BJM.

Also, Memorymix and Duck And Cover are two cool tunes that sound closer to Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?, but didn't mentioned them because there are like 5 people who enjoy that album on Sputnik.

Vad Hande Med Dem - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TpXySrpFLA
Memory Camp - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY0stYxZ9f4
Food For Clouds - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFEYgIrIFHs
Goodbye (Butterfly) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCH3blYSjTw

Digging: Motorpsycho - The Motorpnakotic Fragments

17WordHaiku
May 23rd 2014


165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. Love this band.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2014


3502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. It's one of their best stuff in a while, very eclectic.

LordePots
May 23rd 2014


9074 Comments


one of the most consistent bands

Digging: Elysian Fields - For House Cats And Sea Fans

Ire
May 23rd 2014


41828 Comments


ya they are good.

loveisamixtape
May 23rd 2014


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rules

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2014


3502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, while there isn't one amazing track like Aufheben has Waking Up To Hand Grenades, it's really consistent overall. Awesome stuff.

Pizzahut
May 24th 2014


113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Much better than their last album.

JViney
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2014


322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review and good album. Think I prefer Aufheben when compared to this but still a great effort. Seeing BJM next month for the first time, really looking forward to it.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2014


3502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks! Lucky you!

I think Aufheben is just as good as Revelation. After 2 years, that album is still entertaining, hopefully this one will be the same.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2014


16131 Comments


have only heard aufheben, guess i should try this

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2014


3502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a great gateway to their mid 90s stuff if you are interested. nevertheless, it's a great record on its own.

LordePots
May 25th 2014


9074 Comments


feels like aufheben came out yesterday tbh

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2014


3502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

same thought here. it sounds as good today as it did two years ago.
still, this is at least as good as Aufheben

Mad.
May 25th 2014


4197 Comments


Listened to some of Take It From The Man, wasn't really my thing. Dunno how different their other stuff is though

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2014


3502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Methodrone and Give It Back are really great, you should try those.

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2014


3361 Comments


"it's those guys from that movie DiG!"

"..who? the dandy warhols?"

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AcidCaravan
May 25th 2014


281 Comments


Superb. I'm listening to it nonstop. The Dandy Warhols? XD With all my respect, but...they fucking sucked! (except for their first album "Dandy's Rule OK"...that was a pretty decent album. But nothing relevant, at least for me, after that. They sold their asses pretty soon..)

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2014


3361 Comments


I prefer Dandy Warhols to BJM but then I'm not too big on either

Ire
May 26th 2014


41828 Comments


yeah this is pretty weak compared to their other stuff



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