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- 2013 by Primal Scream
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It’s good to know that despite the drugs and excesses, Primal Scream are aware of what year it is. Being the kind of floppy fringed idiot who went off Primal Scream after ‘Crystal Crescent’ came out, I have viewed their career from a kind of bemused distance. Occasionally it seemed they tried to push things forward a bit, at others they just seemed to be some kind of hall of mirrors Rolling Stones.
Your enjoyment of this record could depend on how much of a leap of faith you can take listening to a man in his fifties barking lines like “teenage revolution”, ”rock and roll nation” and “21st century slaves” as if reading off the back of the kind of cornflake packet that teaches young children about rock and roll cliches. Our Bob has certainly got himself into a bit of a lather about this “sanitized nation”, he’s right of course but alas I can’t see this slab of middle aged rock starting a revolution amongst the kids anytime soon. It does have a rather nifty sax hook which makes up for the fact that they lost interest halfway through writing a chorus. On the flip there’s an Andrew Weatherall mix. Well it worked in 1991 so why not? He kind of dubs the thing up a bit and adds some effects, buzzy synths and creates some guitar interplay. It’s a hell of a lot better than the A side.
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