Over the past 15 years I cannot think of another band having a greater impact on British music than Primal Scream.
It started in 1991, when Bobby G and the chemical factory first successfully fused rock and dance on the ever-present 'Screamadelica', albeit thanks to a large contribution to producer and re-mixer Andrew Weatherall. After a change in direction with 'Give Out...' and 'Vanishing Point', they then made arguably the most influential album in the last decade, 'XTRMNTR', which arrived at a time when music was stale and probably kick started the guitar band revolution in Britain.
Having built on the 'XTRMNTR' sound with 'Evil Heat', an even madder album, Primal Scream again revert to rock n roll territory with 'Riot City Blues'.
While people have touted this as another 'Give out...', this album is actually a totally different beast. Some dark moments occur, witnessed on tracks such as 'When the Bomb Drops' and 'Little Death'. Coincidentally, these are two of the greatest Scream songs ever put to record and form the dark heart of the LP. Elsewhere, we mainly get fierce rock n roll party songs and the closing ballad 'Sometimes I Feel So Lonely', which is the first song to remind you of the bluesy classics Primal Scream wrote in the mid-nineties.
The quality of the songs will shine through and, as the previous reviewer has mentioned, it is a true 'cut loose' record to put on at any party. You can't help but feel it would go down a storm, especially when playing the White Strips-tinged 'The 99th Floor', 'Suicide Sally...' and 'Dolls', which appears to be a homage to the New York Dolls. While the lyrics in places are pure cliche rock n roll, when the music is this well executed, who cares?
Overall, this is an excellent record which is a great addition to the Scream canon; feeling like a newer and more angrier version of 'Let it Bleed'. And yes, it is probably just as good. 8/10.