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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Indie Kid on 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 By K. K. Jakubczyk on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jon Peache on 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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By P. Frizelle on 12 Mar 2010
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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, with a drum machine providing percussion, and even a synthesizer filling in on bass guitar. At this point in the band's career they were veering away from the 1-2 minute punk tunes and trying to assert themselves as musicians who had a love for creating beautifully chaotic perfect pop songs. The Jesus Mary and Chain are one of those forgotten alternative indie 80s bands. Highly influential and ahead of their time the Jesus Mary and Chain combined punk, pop, sludge, noise, and walls of feedback to create some of the most inspiring music to come out of the early indie scene. As for sibling rivalry, these two make the Noel and Liam (Oasis) look like pusycats

What makes TJMC so great is that they sang songs about sad, depressing themes, but yet played them with a pop sensibility. ". The songs are depressing psychotic miserable tunes equipped with the usual wash of feedback and distortion, but yet makes you want to sing and dance. The Jesus Mary and Chain sound is what would happen if the Velvet Underground got into a fight with the Beach Boys or if Echo and the Bunnymen collided with the Smiths and Joy Division and were given the kiss of life by the Cure. Better than all of their competitors, they never quite made it past the finishing line. The Jesus Mary and Chain masterfully blend and craft catchy pop tunes and disfigured them beautifully with feedback and distortion.

On 1989's AUTOMATIC, the Jesus & Mary Chain take the pop-tinged sound of DARKLANDS, and roughen up the edges with a slight industrial tinge. Though it's certainly not a complete return to the ferocity of PSYCHOCANDY.
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