Echo - 2005 - 52 minutes

Having travelled up a cul-de-sac with 2003's 'Take Them On, On Your Own', the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club sounded in danger of spluttering to a halt with their predictable drone rock. Now, having realised that what the world needs now is not another Jesus and Mary Chain, they've ditched most of the effects pedals, returned with an acoustic stomp and become a better band.

Given that the best track on 'Take Them On…', 'I'm Aching', showed that the revolution didn't need to be electrified, it's a wise move and one that turns Peter Hayes into a more charismatic and engaging frontman. And while the 1960s style packaging and dividing of tracks into two sides could find Hayes & co accused of being too far gone on a nostalgia trip, the music here - moving fluidly from blues to gospel to folk - sounds less contrived than their previous records.

An album that will say as much to the doubters as the fans.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Shuffle Your Feet - Howl - Devil's Waitin' - Ain't No Easy Way - Still Suspicion Holds You Tight - Fault Line - Promise - Weight of the World - Restless Sinner - Gospel Song - Complicated Situation - Sympathetic Noose - The Line