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4.0 out of 5 stars Electro? Punk? Electropunk?
Pretty much what I was expecting after seeing them live this summer. It's one of their most consistant albums, but the standard seems to be lower than XTRMNTR or Vanishing Point. I think it's lacking the anthems that made those albums outstanding. The comment about being played on the catwalk is very true - the cover of "Some Velvet Morning" is a duet with Kate Moss of...
Published on 5 Aug 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather Luke Warm
After a series of outstanding albums releases throughout the nineties, Primal Scream were always destined to come back to earth with a bump.
Which is when we arrived at "Evil Heat", featuring this time a crunchy dance/rock sound (PS have never been afraid of rocking the boat when decided the musical direction of their records). But a lot of the tracks on the record...
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Civil Disobedience (This Time), 23 Jan 2003
This review is from: Evil Heat (Audio CD)
Not as huge a leap forward as 'XTRMNTR'. After running full throttle along the musical highway with the previous album 'Evil Heat' is pretty much a smoother, more playful stop-and-have-a-look-around and is definitely worth having in your collection. The only real faults I guess were that the album's criminally short and that also that it lacked the same balls-out abrasive impact of its predecessor. Musically the punky bits are punkier and the dancy bits are dancier. My personal highlights are 'Some Velvet Morning' which manages to be quite a sexy halfway point and also the Mike Oldfield-esque 'A Scanner Darkly'. All in all a good album but I'm hoping it's just a stop-gap before the band do something really mind-blowing again... Nice cover art as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fair enough, 5 Aug 2002
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Agree with the other reviews. Not as good as Vanishing Point, much the same as XTRMNTR. Far better than anything else on release this year. It sounds great but could do with a drop dead classic like Kowalski to lift it. I suppose when your band members have been involved in four of the most influential British albums of the last 20 years (Psychocandy, Loveless, The Stone Roses, Screamadelica) you can afford to relax a bit. Primal Scream have made their point, and with Evil Heat they make it again. Fair enough.
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2.0 out of 5 stars On a low heat, 10 Oct 2002
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Dudley Serious - See all my reviews
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Neither as evil, nor as hot as they'd have you believe, the Scream try to marry the layered sound textures of "Exterminator" with the earlier rock posturing "Give Out But Don't Give Up" to create some kind of throbbing postmodern beast. The trouble is, for all their apparent love of electro pioneers like Kraftwerk, Can etc and the sexy swagger of vintage Rolling Stones and Iggy Pop, they are not particularly convincing at either. Kevin Shields has brought some depth to their sonic flower groove and Mani gives them a flexibility they lacked even at the moment of their greatest commercial success, "Screamadelica", (which the passing years have exposed as a triumph of production over content). But the rebellious outsider stance looks contrived and the politics sound trite. They may really mean it, man, but they don't look or sound as if they do. Bobby Gillespie is also one of the least convincing front men of any band to have lasted beyond closing time at the local pub. His thin whines fights a losing battle with the burbling synths and droning guitars, and he exudes all the charisma of a "Stars in their Eyes" also ran. "Tonight, Matthew, I will be Mick Jagger." In your dreams! When Primal Scream emerged in the mid-eighties they were The Monkees with attitude, now they have become The Sweet with sequencers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Evil, not so much Heat, 25 July 2002
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SO after XTRMNTR, the Primals whack out an album in record time(the last time they managed an album two years after the last was their second self-titled one)and it certainly lacks bite. For some reason this tighter sounding Scream just lack the sprawling, expansive genius of Vanishing Point, Screamadelica and XTRMNTR. It seems Gillespie and co are on a mission to make catwalk soundtracks now. It's still better than a lot of stuff out there, just don't expect to fall in love with this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars On a low heat, 6 Oct 2002
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Neither as evil, nor as hot as they'd have you believe, the Scream try to marry the layered sound textures of "Exterminator" with the earlier rock posturing "Give Out But Don't Give Up" to create some kind of throbbing postmodern beast. The trouble is, for all their apparent love of electro pioneers like Kraftwerk, Can etc and the sexy swagger of vintage Rolling Stones and Iggy Pop, they are not particularly convincing at either. Kevin Shields has brought some depth to their sonic flower groove and Mani gives them a flexibility they lacked even at the moment of their greatest commercial success, "Screamadelica", (which the passing years have exposed as a triumph of production over content). But the rebellious outsider stance looks contrived and the politics sound trite. They may really mean it, man, but they don't look or sound as if they do. Bobby Gillespie is also one of the least convincing front men of any band to have lasted beyond closing time at the local pub. His thin whines fights a losing battle with the burbling synths and droning guitars, and he exudes all the charisma of a "Stars in their Eyes" also ran. "Tonight, Matthew, I will be Mick Jagger." In your dreams! When Primal Scream emerged in the mid-eighties they were The Monkees with attitude, now they have become The Sweet with sequencers.
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