So...a new Primal Scream album and a new set of musical rules to be broken. The album kicks off with "Deep Hit Of Morning Sun" - a swirling, synth-driven cascade of noise with no rhythm section to speak of, an interesting opening for sure. Next we are into the current single "Miss Lucifer" - an uptempo Sigue Sigue Sputnik-esqe danceable number, also one of the album's high points. Next track is "Rise", previously titled "Bomb The Pentagon", this is a real pounding number and another favourite of mine. "Autobahn 66" comes next and is a change in mood and tempo, a hypnotic synth led mellower piece but with a real groove, apparently Bobby Gillespie's favourite track. The next track "Lord Is My Shotgun" is a synth blues number, is interesting and different but not a stand-out. It kicks back in with "Skull X" - a very rocking tune with wall of noise guitars remeniscent of "Accelerator". "Detroit" - previously titled "Dresden" follows with a metronome, out of tune synth groove, followed by the album's mellowest moment "Space Blues #2" which harks back to the days of "Screamadelica". "City" follows (previously "Sick City"), another stand out track and very Sex Pistols-esque. Very punky-very funky. Last track, the instrumental "A Scanner Darkly" finishes with another groovy synth led flourish.
In closing "Evil Heat" probably doesn't hit the same supreme heights that "Xtrmintr" reached but is still a superb album that is more innovative and fresher than the majority of current offerings. Definitely a must-buy if you are any sort of music fan.