Baby 81 (album)

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Baby 81
Studio album by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Released May 1, 2007 (U.S.)
April 30, 2007 (Europe)
April 27, 2007 (Germany)
Genre Alternative rock, garage rock, post-punk revival, noise rock
Length 60:26
Label RCA, Island
Producer Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club chronology
Howl
(2005)
Baby 81
(2007)
American X: Baby 81 Sessions EP
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
NME (7/10)[2]
Pitchfork Media (4.5/10)[3]
Spin 8/10 stars[4]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 stars[5]

Baby 81 is an album by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It is their fourth studio album and was released on April 30, 2007 in Europe and on May 1, 2007 in the U.S.. The album features a harder, more raw sound compared with their previous record Howl. It was also a studio comeback for drummer Nick Jago who was unable to participate during the recordings of Howl (other than the last track recorded during the sessions, 'Promise'). A DualDisc edition of the album was set to be released on May 1 in the U.S.; however, it has since been canceled.

The album debuted at number 46 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 14,000 copies in its first week.[6]

The album title refers to Baby 81, a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

The track "Weapon Of Choice" is featured in the bonus setlist in Guitar Hero: World Tour, Driver: San Francisco, and as downloadable content for Rock Band. It is also featured in the racing game Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli. "Need Some Air" was featured in NASCAR 08. Tracks "Berlin" and "Weapon of Choice" was featured in Shaun White Snowboarding.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Took Out a Loan" – 4:16
  2. "Berlin" – 3:11
  3. "Weapon of Choice" – 2:50
  4. "Windows" – 6:06
  5. "Cold Wind" – 4:18
  6. "Not What You Wanted" – 3:43
  7. "666 Conducer" – 4:01
  8. "All You Do Is Talk" – 5:42
  9. "Lien on Your Dreams" – 4:36
  10. "Need Some Air" – 4:04
  11. "Killing the Light" – 3:55
  12. "American X" – 9:11
  13. "Am I Only" – 4:26
  14. "The Likes of You" (UK only bonus track) – 5:12

Singles[edit]

  • Weapon Of Choice (April 16, 2007)
    • b/w "666 Conducer" / "The Show's About To Begin" / "666 Conducer" (Acoustic)
  • Berlin (July 30, 2007)
    • b/w "Vision" / "20 Hours" / "Weapon Of Choice" (Alternate Video)
  • See also: American X: Baby 81 Sessions EP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Baby 81 > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  2. ^ Miller, Alex (April 30, 2007). "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Baby 81". NME. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Eric (May 3, 2007). "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Baby 81". Pitchfork Media. 
  4. ^ Gross, Jason. "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 'Baby 81'". Spin. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ Holmes, Filmore Mescalito. "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Baby 81". Tiny Mix Tapes. Archived from the original on May 21, 2007. 
  6. ^ Katie Hasty, "Ne-Yo Scores Second No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week", Billboard.com, May 9, 2007.