Red of Tooth and Claw

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Red of Tooth and Claw
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Studio album by Murder by Death
Released March 4, 2008
Genre Indie rock
Length 37:21
Label Vagrant
Producer Trina Shoemaker
Murder by Death chronology
In Bocca al Lupo
Red of Tooth and Claw
Good Morning, Magpie
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 89% link
AllMusic 4/5 stars link
Alternative Press 4/5 stars link
The A.V. Club C+ link
The Daily Iowan 3.5/5 starslink
Filter 84% link
Spin 3/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars link

Red of Tooth and Claw is the fourth full-length album release by American five-piece indie rock band Murder by Death and marks the first record the band has released on the Vagrant record label. The title comes from a reference in Lord Tennyson's poem In Memoriam A.H.H. It was recorded by Grammy winning producer Trina Shoemaker at Dark Horse Recording Studio in Tennessee and was released on Vagrant Records, on March 4, 2008.[1]

Red of Tooth and Claw is, as singer/guitarist Adam Turla puts it, a "Homer's Odyssey of revenge, only without the honorable character at the center".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Comin' Home" 3:35
2. "Ball & Chain" 3:02
3. "Rumbrave" 3:06
4. "Fuego!" 4:11
5. "Theme (for Ennio Morricone)" 2:49
6. "A Second Opinion" 3:19
7. "Steal Away" 2:05
8. "Ash" 3:32
9. "The Black Spot" 3:21
10. "'52 Ford" 2:25
11. "Spring Break 1899" 5:56


Overall, critical reception has been positive. The album holds a score of 72% on Metacritic. [1] AllMusic states "...a taut, tense, elegant delivery...". Alternative Press giving the album four stars, says "They've finally realized their full potential...".

On the other hand, Spin feels it "...runs low on contemporary touchstones or appeal."


  • Adam Turla – lead vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Sarah Balliet – cello
  • Dagan Thogerson – drums, percussion
  • Matt Armstrong – bass
  • Vincent Edwards – keyboards on "Ball and Chain"