RW, San Francisco 09/01/2013
Whether it be stoners’ blues or ecstasy-laden beats, Primal Scream continues to consistently satisfy. 26 years later and I’m still listening.
Primal Scream’s best album in years begins with a nine-minute blast called “2013,” recalling the overdriven glory of some of their finest work (such as XTRMNTR) with a nasty sax riff driving the whole thing down a hellish autobahn. Arabic tonality, acoustic guitars and light sitar pop up in “River of Pain,” which breaks into a jazzy explosion before a horn fanfare brings things back to the song’s original refrain. Echoes of the band’s past pop up on the industrial “Culturecide” and shoegazey “Hit Void,” which calls to mind the period in which My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields was a touring member and producer for the band. There’s new territory for the band here, as well; “Invsibile City’s” updates Roxy Music’s sexy strut, while “Sideman’s” blues riff, electronic mandolin and echoing choruses blend mind-bendingly into something indefinable. But a little good old fashioned Madchester ain’t bad either, as the shamelessly Screamadelica-style single “It’s Alright, It’s OK” can attest. It’s great to have Primal Scream back at the top of their game, keeping in line with their best-loved work and forging new ground at the same time on More Light.