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I’ve never exactly been a Primal Scream sympathiser. I don’t know what it is about them...Gillespie’s lazily drawled delivery, the unsubtle baggy showboating, that awful MC5 collaboration? I don’t know, but they’ve always been a band that I’ve frustratingly failed to “get” while others lost their shit with joy over how great they were. Lengthy recen ...

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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 09 May 2013

I’ve never exactly been a Primal Scream sympathiser. I don’t know what it is about them...Gillespie’s lazily drawled delivery, the unsubtle baggy showboating, that awful MC5 collaboration? I don’t know, but they’ve always been a band that I’ve frustratingly failed to “get” while others lost their shit with joy over how great they were.

Lengthy recent single ‘2013’, however, is certainly the song of theirs I’ve liked most in a long time, with chiming hypnotic guitars and a brainwormy Psychedelic Furs-a-like sax hook which really holds the song together. It makes a strong opener here, with ‘River Of Pain’ which follows it sounding like something off the third dEUS album. So far so good. The first clanger isn’t too far away, though, with ‘Culturecide’ sounding like their previous career highlight ‘Kowalski’ plus some teeth-grinding rapping (yes, rapping) from poor Bobby and some overenthusiastic Chemical Brothers-style sci-fi dance production. Truly terrible.

Immediately afterwards, ‘Hit Void’ hits some kind of shoegazey JAMC-meets-MBV stride with a bit of wild sax action which is undeniably impressive. I'm liking all the bits with sax. It’s an emotional rollercoaster from joy to anger and back again which occurs at least a couple of times more before the album is done, with the band sometimes churning out the the most driving and inventive material of their career, other times getting bogged down in undignified indie dawdling. Still, like I said, I’ve never been much of a fan of this band and I still reckon about half of this album is pretty good, so if you’re already into them you’ll probably not share my qualms and feel it’s an exciting return to form.


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