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4.0 out of 5 stars They love it really, 30 Mar 2010
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Kevin Clarke "kevin17566" (Birmingham UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hate Rock N Roll (Audio CD)
'Always the same, always different.' John Peel's mantra about The Fall could apply equally to The Jesus & Mary Chain. Without ever straying too far from their Cochran/Velvets/T-Rex template, each of their 6 studio albums has a distinct sound and feel. Even their off-cuts are worth a listen, as this American compilation amply illustrates. It contains a random selection of singles, B sides and EP tracks covering the period 1989 - 1995.

The first 3 tracks are superb. 'I Hate Rock'n'Roll' is a magnificently snotty riposte to the radio controllers and TV producers who rarely ventured near the band. It didn't gain them much airplay although, ironically, I guess that was the point. The squalling feedback on the guitar break recalls their 'Pscychocandy' heyday.

'Snakedriver' and 'Something I Can't Have' are just as good, the former with a pounding, seductive beat and the latter an exuberant, exultant love song.

'Bleed Me' starts off slow and lovely, before ending with crunching guitars. It's a trick also adopted by '33.3' and 'Perfect Crime.' 'New York City' is different again, with William Reid betraying his love of Bob Dylan on this acoustic, finger-picking number.

'Penetration' is propelled along by a fantastic, electronic Eddie Cochran-style riff. They should have experimented more with this facet of their sound. One of their downright dirtiest numbers, 'Teenage Lust', is here revealed in its 'Desdemoana' mix (note the extra 'a' in the name - it gives a clue as to the background noises on the remix!)

So, did The Jesus & Mary Chain really 'hate rock'n' roll'? Of course they didn't. They were just dismayed that so few bands did it as well as they did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have, 6 Mar 2009
This review is from: Hate Rock N Roll (Audio CD)
If you're a fan and you don't know this one, you're gonna be very happy with it. New York City, Taking it away, The perfect crime are classics. Produced by Rick Rubin, sandwiched between Stoned and Munky, this album is often overlooked. Thank god for that, so you have something left to discover. My fave Chain, no joke.
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