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- Vanishing Point by Primal Scream
9/10 Jack Customer review, 16th January 2016
This album contains a very eclectic mix of musical and production styles. While it is often compared to Dark Side of the Moon, the melodies which are reminiscent of Pink Floyd sound a lot more like early Floyd than any of Floyd's hit albums. But this album is much more diverse in style than that. This album will hook you on Primal Scream. It is easier to listen to than XTRMNTR, and is a better place to start for a first time listener. I also think this album has a more mature sound than their earlier albums.
9/10 Sid Raghava Customer review, 14th January 2016
Coming out three years after the bitterly received, heroin fuelled blues implosion that was 'Give Out But Don't Give Up' (I loved that record too never mind what others/critics say!), 'Vanishing Point' was a welcome return to form. Personally, I think it is better than anything Primal Scream ever did.
Kicking off with the woozy psychedelia of 'Burning Wheel', complete with flashy sitar and sunshine guitars, every track on VP had a dark secret. 'Kowalski' has a motorik drive - not quite Krautrock but a beast of its own kind - with vocal samples cut up from legendary car chase movie bearing the same name as the album. Interspersed with a viscerally sonic soundscape, this makes for a startlingly haunting marauder of a track. 'Star' is a poignant tribute to African American struggle and manages to sound sincere despite the Scottish roots of the band. Out of the Void starts off with a de-tuned macabre vibe and builds up wonderfully with tabla accompaniment leading to the even more sinister 'Stuka' which has an otherworldly reverb of the coldest variety.
Rock 'n' Roll returns with 'Medication' and gets the electronic treatment via a version of Motorhead's eponymous belter and the album ends on an ethereal note with Long Life. All in all, Vanishing Point shows the band at the epitome of their abilities especially after the addition of one Mani from the Stone Roses. Critics will hail 'Screamadelica' and 'Exterminator' as 'Scream masterpieces but history will probably show this was the one!
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