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Automatic

Jesus & Mary Chain Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Like the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the British group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback which served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine ... Read more in Amazon's Jesus & Mary Chain Store

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  • Audio CD (29 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warners
  • ASIN: B000O76POO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Saving Stuff 10 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Some bands legacy will always be greater after they break up, and BRMC, White Stripes et al are strong evidence of the fact that the Jesus and Mary Chain, like the VU before them, will be more revered after the fact than they were in their day.
In turn, they were also a band who wore there own influences happily on their sleeve, and here (from T-Rex and Dylan on "Blues from a Gun" to VU on "Here comes Alice") again those influences were reconstructed as something completely new. How many other bands made so many great covers (check out Barbed Wire Kisses to see what I mean), and who else took a bass line or hook and made them so completely their own? At least with the Reids they took to make something greater again, unlike those who now ape them.
Rumoured to be after a mental breakdown, in Automatic it's clear that by '89 the tours of North America and their experiences were deeply shaping the brothers and their music, from the Americana of "Coast to Coast" to the skewed TV evangelism of "Take It". This is rage and fury being vomited out in the screams and feedback more of Psychocandy than Darklands, and even the acoustic moments are uttlery twisted. However, the noise is more controlled and directed, adding to the sonic rather than distracting from it, and giving a far greater intensity.
In 1989 only Doolittle by the Pixies and The Stone Roses, two more bands heavily influenced by the JAMC, could hold a light to it, and it was a top 3 album of the year in almost all of the polls that mattered. If you've just been dumped and need a rage inducement as a soundtrack - this is your baby - it was for me. If you haven't, you should buy it to remember "screaming automatic pain".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Automatic' for the people 30 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you own, or have heard any of Psychocandy, JAMC's brilliantly apocalyptic debut, you'll know what the Reid brothers are capable of. And although 'Automatic' isn't quite up to their early standards, it is a fine rock n roll record nonetheless.
The squall of feedback is all but gone, as is their habit of recording in disused tube lines, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing, making the album as a whole more accessible than its predecessors.
Opener 'Here Comes Alice' is fairly standard fare, with some nice 'doo doo doo's towards the end, whilst 'Blues from a Gun' apes Dylan lyrically, but is years apart sonically.
Highlight of the album for me is 'Between Planets', a track which surges along with a guitar part so uplifting, it renders the lyrical content obsolete.
It's hard to say exactly how this album fits in with the rest of JAMC's canon, and more difficult still to imagine its place in the UK scene on its release. It is clear however, that it has been extremely influential, possibly more so than Psychocandy, due to the band's heightened pop sensibilities. But, as an introduction to one of the finest bands to come out of East Kilbride, this is ideal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Masterclass 18 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album serves as a highly accurate blueprint for producing the near perfect rawk record. If the Marychain really did set the controls to automatic whilst producing this piece of work then their genius is truly confirmed. Vocals, lyrics, bass, drums, geetar and production are all tuned to perfection - it's a cliche but there really are no duff tracks here. It is that good. So good infact that Billy Idol was (at the time) rumoured to have approached the boys to produce his next album - shocking stuff.

I remember buying the original vinyl gatefold of this record and rushing home to listen to it. Suffice to say it's been blowing my mind ever since.

The first side is, quite frankly, unbelievable. The dirty vibe of "Here comes Alice" and "Blues from a gun" has never been bettered; William's guitar on "Blues" is simply awesome. Then there's "Between planets", which remains so completely valid over seventeen years later.

Side two is equally inspired. Whilst the single "Head on" is genuinely very good (so good that the Pixies covered it folks), the real stand outs are "Her way of praying" and the excellent "Take it", which has to be heard (live, ideally) to be believed. "Halfway to crazy" provides welcome, if slightly unexpected respite. Finally, there is no better album closer than "Gimme hell". A masterclass.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and brilliant 5 Jan 2014
By Carlos
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This is a great album which never loses the dark, raw yet electronic vibe. The entire thing has very nice beats with driving guitars that may bury at least half of its tunes deep within your head for a good few days.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Won't play 28 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great remastering of a superb album. Unfortunately it seems to have some sort of anti piracy on it which means it jumps on my CD player and crackles on my PC. Fortunately I found another PC to import it to my iphone and my car CD player plays it OK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rock powerhouse! 20 Nov 2012
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Being a bit of an oldie I came to JMC via The Raveonettes and then bought 21 Singles. From that cd I realised I absolutely loved the tracks from Automatic and Darklands. Automatic lays down its hard rocking template on track one. It powers up several notches with track two and some blistering guitar and hard driving rifts and moves seamlessly into the mighty track three. And so it goes on - unrelenting but beautifully unrelenting. The guitar work is oh so clean but paradoxically oh so dirty. Much of the distorted feed back so beloved by JMC purists is possibly too toned down although it does cut through track three like a chain saw hitting hard steel and so we keep powering on remorselessly through to the bitter end. Wonderful but possibly not a huge favourite among JMC purists. But speaking as a good old fashioned rocker I have no hesitation of giving this 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock'n'roll perfection
This is the last of the three truly great JAMC albums - just like Psychocandy and Darklands it has its very own sound, completely different from the one before. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by doppel
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of Beauty
Automatic is the third album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. The Mary Chain on this record is basically the core duo of brothers William and Jim Reid,... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2010 by P. Frizelle
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite JAMC album.
For me this is the most under rated JAMC album. It is full of punchy tight tunes throughout.It ooses with sleazy psuedo-American guitar pop culture which is what the Mary Chain... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2010 by sunnybluesky
3.0 out of 5 stars Automatic
Here Comes Alice, Blues From A Gun and Between Planets are slick and sexy, but the rest of the album is predictable rawk and soon becomes monotonous. A far cry from Psychocandy. Read more
Published on 30 July 2008 by Xepha
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mary Chain (in the style of Billy Idol)
Automatic is probably the last Mary Chain album to put on your shopping list- you certainly shouldn't even think of getting it unless you already have Psychocandy, Darklands, or... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2007 by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars candy for the veins
Heroin and all linked with it seems to be the main concern of this Lp. Coming after the fist two albums, Darklands and Psychocandy this Lp is quite produced and contains some... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2001
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