2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2002
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 all people! In fact it does sound all a bit "fashionable" in that Fischerspooner kind of way - half punk/half electro.
The lyrics on "Autobahn 66" are a bit odd as well - "They tore down the Berlin Wall!" - yes, that was 13 years ago, why celebrate it now? My favourite so far is "City" (previously "Sick City" on David Holmes' last proper album) which is in the "Accelerator" mode.
Overall though, it is a very good album, and if you like the last two Scream albums you'll most likely enjoy this too.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2002
Primal Screams new offering is actually less compromised than 1999’s Xtmnr. Xtrmnr, far from being compromised itself, offered slight relief by being flawed towards its closure. The inclusion of 2 remixes, (one of which was by Chemical Brothers and sounded as if it belonged on Surrender rather than a Primal Scream album) an awful baggy style number which went nowhere (Insect Royalty) and a ballad which was a little dull (Keep Your Dreams) meant that the album trailed off and failed to match the raw intensity of the first 6 tracks (luckily, awesome finale Shoot Speed Kill Light stopped it from being a complete failure). In terms of this continuity, Evil Heat is a vast improvement, and sounds far more complete.
There is nothing on here that really matches those first 6 tracks (and its final track) but there are echoes of them to be found here; the hyped up guitar battering of Accelerator (City, Skull x), the fuzz bass of Exterminator (Some Velvet Morning, featuring kate moss who is actually very good), and the adrenaline rush of the first and proper mix of Swastika Eyes (Miss Lucifer, nowhere near as good as Swastika Eyes but is still a Jagz Kooner production, so they are similar).
Elsewhere we get warped psychedilia (Deep Hit of Morning Sun), the overrated 'krautrock' of Autobahn 66 (I was honestly expecting this to be special and its not) a track that sounds like Garbage, and Babylon Zoo(!) (Detroit), a very aggressive punk anthem about ‘collateral damage’, and ‘taxes’ (Rise, a raw version of Pills) a very funny wonky blues number called Lord is My Shotgun (great when your drunk), and A Scanner Darkly, a peculiar number that sounds as if its going to be one of those dark, brooding instrumentals but turns into a quirky 80s style melody that sounds like Cat Stevens ‘Is Dog a Doughnut’ or something off McCartney 2. Final track Space Blues #2 is one of those tracks that is included just to make an album sound complete and is hardly a classic in it’s own right (yep, plenty of them around these days).
Each and every Primal Scream album thus far has captured a certain essence and spirit (lets forget about Sonic Flower Groove for now). Screamadelica was a reminder of those crazy acid days when people rediscovered dancing, Give Out But Don’t Give Up had stadium retro rock and roll plastered all over it, Vanishing Point had a road movie concept going for it (in dub!) and the aforementioned Xtrmnr became one of those rare monumental albums that told us how the youth are effected by cruel political movements. Evil Heat is a less compromised album because there’s little to relate to here, it’s just a downright dirty, claustrophobic, sleazy and intense selection of songs that offers little form of light relief, because its so twistedly engaging from start to finish that you cannot press stop on your CD player. This album captures the essence of pure, undiluted rock and roll rebellion better than any other album in a while, and in doing this Primal Scream have once again excelled themselves as the masters of truely great, exciting and uncompromised music.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2002
Try wiring your stereo up to a microwave oven and then play a combination of Can, The Stooges, Suicide, The Doors, Kraftwerk and Sigue Sigue Sputnik (!?!) and you'll really get some 'Evil Heat'. This is one of the most disturbing albums I've ever heard -from the jarring stylistic leaps to the actual lyrics themselves ('genetically engineered ultra violence'!) but it all somehow works. As always with The Scream there are some duffers ('Detroit' sounds like the Cd player is busted)but they're cancelled out by the corkers - City, Autobahn 66, Rise, SkullX.
Kev Shields does his customary jet engine production job on the rockin' numbers while Weatherall brings the mellow drugs with him. I imagine a lot of people will be put-off by the electro-throb pulse of the whole album but this isn't Dead or Alive, this is the sound of absolutely right now filtered through paranoid sci-fi fantasies and soft porn fever dreams.
Screamadelica seems a long time ago now and really is no longer relevant. Time to trade it in for this instead.
on 9 May 2013
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 are quite samey, with a slightly burnt out atmosphere over-shadowing the music.
If this had been Primal Scream's debut release it would have been classed as promising, but because of the quality of their back-catalogue its only an average album (although admittedly it has grown of me a little over the years).
But you do get Robert Plant playing harmonica on one the tracks, which is nice.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2002
Rather than sneaking up behind and tapping you on the shoulder, Primal Scream would rather hit you square in the face with a sledgehammer. Welcome back, by the way.
But this is a good thing. The One Man Walking Chemical Factory (Bobby Gillespie) and his gang have made one of the most focused, loudest and yes, evil albums of any age, let alone this one. The sheer ferocity of some of these songs is so unexpected from a band twice the age of say, The Parkinsons, but they never lose a sense of classic songwriting. That's experience for you.
The soothing, pulsing 'Autobahn 66' at one end of the spectrum, the flammable 'Skull X' and 'Detroit' at the other - this album is a spectrum of very, very good songs. Each and every one could be the soundtrack to your night and, yes! you can dance to them. Well, 'Sick City' demands that you jump around like a kangaroo with scolded feet, but you get the idea.
More focused than 'Screamadelica' and 'Vanishing Point', more tuneful than 'XTRMNTR', this album will stand the test of time. It also manages to blend every genre known to man (doesn't 'Detroit' sound like a twisted version of Kylie's 'I Can't Get You Out Of My Head'?). It's funny that The Scream had to produce their two pinnacle albums at the twilight (surely?) of their career, but I have to say that out of their music of the last 2 years, they have really thrown down the gauntlet to aspiring rock n rollers.
An excellent album which everyone should listen to, it's July but I'm confident this will not be bettered for the rest of this year (or at least for another two). Primal Scream, the most consistantly excellent band of their generation, deserve your applause. I'll give them a one man standing ovation myself. 10/10
Standout tracks - 'The Lord Is My Shotgun', 'Detroit', 'Rise'
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2002
While not as groundbreaking as most of the trax on XTRMNTR, Evil Heat is far more cohesive. Working as a whole much better than the last. The songs here are just dirty rock and roll fun. Not a slack moment exists. A good album to get nice and twisted to. Once again they prove just how much modern music needs them. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2002
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2004
While this album is very, very good I was slightly disappointed it astheir two albums previous had been total masterpieces. Some of the songsappear to almost dumbdowned pastiches of previous glories. Several of thesongs are breathtaking and on the whole Evil Heat is an essentialpurchase. Here's hoping their next effort is as good as XTMNTR!
on 18 January 2014
Already had most of their records but bought this after seeing them live in Brixton Academy last December.A stripped down sound,some Kraut rock influences,and some graet rock out tracks as usual.Right up there with their best recordings.A fantastic band on top form.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2006
The ambient, haunting opening track `Deep Hit of Morning Sun' is packed with buzzes and crackles, building tension for Primal Scream to kick in with the Electronica Rock they are now renowned for. That is exactly what happens when the black dancefloor anthem `Miss Lucifer' bursts out.
It is a curious and particular formula that was used in the previous album but still works. Except this time more punk has trickled into the beats and the guitar. The chanting, loose vocals and the chainsaw guitars that have a painfully sharp edge that permanently compete for attention shows this work has taken much influence from punk rock groups of the 70s.
A thin boundary lay in Primal Screams' work: is it pretentious or not? `Some Velvet Morning' is the case in question, where Kate Moss and her extremely airy vocals breeze over the synths and rumbles and distant crunches, whilst the question buzzes round your head.
It is laced with delicate and diverse sounds that make the overall sound very layered, whilst the riffs are almost 12 bar blues or classic rock n roll, except - like bands such as Add N to X - the riff is rarely played on what sounds like a guitar. Rock is hidden behind the sounds of dance - it is predominantly Iggy and The Stooges playing with robots.