This six-song, half-hour record shows the band affecting a more rural, lonesomesounding tone and a moodier, more deliberate pace; the more traditional feel meshes well with Anton Newcombe's twisting of country-gospel lyrical clichs into rock & roll attitude.The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a psychedelic rock band originally from San Francisco, California, led by guitarist/singer Anton Newcombe.With The Dandy Warhols, The Brian Jonestown Massacre is one of the subjects of the documentary DIG!, winner of the 2004 Grand Jury Prize Documentary at Sundance. DIG! is also a part of the Permanent Collection of the NY Museum of Modern Art. Since the release of DIG!, the band has achieved increasing critical acclaim and recognition, and has performed at Coachella and Lollapalooza in 2005 with special mentions from the NY Times and Washington Post. They have also toured the UK, Japan, Australia, as well as Continental Europe.
On their ninth CD, the Brian Jonestown Massacre does what they're best at. That is, they conjure up visions of Beggars Banquet
-era Rolling Stones and other artists from the swinging '60s. Emphasizing acoustic slide guitars, harmonica, handclaps, and tambourine, Anton Newcombe sings passionately in Jaggeresque style. While decidedly retro, the band is always entertaining as they evoke their musical heroes. On the song "Mansion in the Sky" Newcombe recalls the mood of early Dylan with evocative results. Folksy, bluesy, and particularly understated, this disc contains only six songs and leaves you hungry for more. With Miranda Lee Richards's haunting vocal on "Reign On" and an eerie update of Charles Manson's composition "Arkansas," Brian Jonestown Massacre turns six into nine one more time. It's brief, but bright, and their most satisfying work to date. --Mitch Myers
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