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Beautiful Future
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have to admit that, on first listen, I was really quite taken aback by this album - it isn't what I was expecting at all. Even though Primal Scream have, throughout the years, been musical chameleons, 'Beautiful Future' is different enough from their previous releases to be a genuine surprise when you first hear it. I have noticed that this album has pretty much split the fanbase down the middle and I can't say I'm shocked - this album has probably the most catchy, shimmering, near-mainstream pop Primal Scream have ever released with only glimpses of the hard-edged dirtiness which have characterised some of their most loved releases in the last decade or so.

In fact, when the opening, title track starts, complete with chiming bells, bouncy beat and radio-friendly sing-a-long chorus, you wonder if they're joking but, as it turns out, they're not - they're serious and, quite honestly, it's seriously good. The single 'Can't Go Back' is a raucous piece of brilliance which, along with the menacing 'Suicide Bomb' and the brilliant Josh Homme collaboration 'Necro Hex Blues', provide the edge and character which makes the album distinctively Primal Scream, but the album is equally as good for songs such as the mellow, chilled out 'Uptown' and the understated but catchy 'Glory Of Love'. There's even a quietly superb break-up ballad, a cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Over & Over' featuring Linda Thompson. Not everything on 'Beautiful Future' is exactly fantastic, in fact there is a distinct mid-album lull, but it's all very listenable and, on the whole, a very good album.

Leave your pre-conceptions and reservations behind - Primal Scream have made an album to be enjoyed, so just buy it with an open mind, play it, go with the flow and enjoy it but, be warned, if you want anything similar to 'XTRMNTR' or 'Evil Heat', you're likely to be very disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely have to agree with Mark Astons review here over the missing-middle-eight-repetitiveness of this album. At first listen it sounds like a glorious sugar coated update of the Screams first album, "Sonic Flower Groove", with "Beautiful Future" and the "Glory of Love "(in both forms) particularly brilliant in a second-summer-of-pop type way. "Uptown" is good in the same way that "Trainspotting" and "Screamadelica" (the track not the album) were, and cover "Over & Over" is another Broken Bobby (TM) version of "Damaged". But it's true, all these songs sound unfinished and either repeat themselves adnausium in some sick loop after about 20 seconds, or else take the cursed fade out route at the end. Criminal stuff because this could have been once of The Screams best albums. As it is it bores you senseless after a couple of listens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2014
Having studied somewhat to a certain degree what is going on with my reviews, i.e., I used to be like 20,000th top reviewer and now I'm 40 millionth or something, I've realised that it's only worth reviewing stuff that the more discerning shopper might buy. Anytime I do anything my son had bought, silly games etc., or rubbish I've bought as gifts, I'm judged unhelpful, while anytime I review the rather more cleverer stuff what I've bought myself I get helpful. Ergo, here goes. While this album, by the best band of the last about twenty years, give or take the odd Give Out But Don't Give In, great title, not the greatest album, came out in 2008, I had to buy another copy as my original somehow disappeared. Anyway, more genius from the Scream, the last band on earth that actually stuck to their guns, unlike all those Wellers of yesteryear, title track and opener absolutely spot on in relation to most of the population, 'O-Oh, you live in a dream, at the dead heart of the control machine', 'You live by the sword, you die by the sword, you're only free to buy the things you can't afford', v. poignant as the world went into financial meltdown. In a country run by monsters, fascists, rampant pederasts and their protectors we need PS. Fight the Power!
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on 26 August 2008
This Primal Scream album is one which takes a little getting used to, and repeated plays on the ipod have convinced me of its quality. In my opinion many of the reviews have been a little too critical and some people maybe expecting too much from a band who change approach and direction with almost every track and album.

The many uptempo tracks really hit the spot and the slowest Over & Over is really excellent.

Looking forward to seeing many of these tracks, along with some old classics, played live on the upcoming tour.

I suggest anyone who liked any Primal Scream album should buy it, give it a few listens, and make up your own mind as many of the reviews, I believe, are misleading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2008
god knows what the scream were thinking when they made "beautiful future"; this album is so blatantly commercial, it could make you scream (pun intended).

I miss everything that this band ever stood for - and I say this with about 13 or so years hindsight: there`s no urgency here, no irony, nothing...not even real sleaze...it`s simply utterly boring.

in a nutshell, primal scream have obviously run out of ideas: this might well be their last shot at chart success - and the scream`s motivation for targeting the kiddie market. mark my words, it`s not gonna work.

therefore, avoid this one like the pest; and hope for better days...maybe.

beautiful future? not.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2008
I must admit to being a little bit excited about this release after hearing "Can't Go Back", my purchase of "Riot City Blues" ended up on Amazon Marketplace after less than a week of listening. After listening to "Evil Heat", "XTRMNTR" and I suppose even going back as far as "Vanishing Point", I couldn't take the return to the "Give Out But Don't Give Up" era, so off it went.

So after my first listening to Beautiful Future I didn't get the amazing smack-in-my-face rock and roll goodness that I expected after hearing Can't Go Back. In fact, I had to listen to it a second time as none of the tracks really grabbed my attention.

After a few listens, I can safely say that Can't Look Back is the best track on the album, I might even stretch to say that The Glory of Love is a half decent album track, but that's about it I'm afraid.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2008
Reading through other peoples reviews, it seems that the previous few albums are prefered to "Beautiful Future". I only have "Screamadelica" , "Vanishing Point" and "Dirty Hits", and my initial thoughts were how different in style this album is compared to the others I have listened to. This is not neccessarily a bad thing, however.

The album is more rock than the previous electronic processed sound I am used to associating Primal Scream with (such as "Kowalski" and "Get Duffy" from the album "Vanishing Point") or numbers like "Swastika Eyes". I was disappointed in the aspect that I was hoping for more of this type of music, and by judging the latter half of "Dirty Hits", I assume to be the style of most albums post-Vanishing Point era.

However, despite this new musical path, I have to admit I do like the album, as I am a fan of this brand of 'light' rock. "Zombie Man" is a very anthemic track, which is groovy to listen to but will probably be one of those tracks I get bored of from being overheard in a short space of time. "Uptown" and "Can't Go Back" are good songs to kick the album off to, whilst "Beautiful Summer" is a slower paced song with a relaxing feel to it during the middle.

I can't help feel that the band is trying to attract a more mainstream audience, as musically the songs are a lot more plain in progression and structure compared to past songs which seemed more innovative and electronica-based (The bass line of "If They Move, Kill 'Em" springs to mind). Not very Primal Scream-y, this aside, I think it is a comprehensive and casual album to enjoy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2008
The new scream album is here and very 'now' and is a real delight to listen to . not a case of an album with a few good tunes on it a whole album ! .less heavy, perhaps than Xtrmntr and the wonderful Evil Heat and certainly a move on from the great Riot City Blues album. but you do got tunes here . tunes aplenty. The title track s even got bloody bells on Very up very positive very accessible , (I'll bet its one of those Cockney Rebel Make me Smile types..... sounds lovely everyone singalong and it's a very non happy song indeed !)
the rrockin Cant go Back which is the new single. Just reiterates for anyone that hasn't still gotten over `delica' that you gotta move on baby. How come no new bands can come anywhere near to this high octane urgency in a rock n roll single. Uptown is just a great song makes you feel good and full of Mani festations across this nation of smooth funk upbeat. Suicide Bomb is prob the only track that is a ghost of Xtrmntr or Evil Heat as its darker than the rest but sits well within the album ..... I see the beauty in everything ..cmon ! oh yes please .
Marc Bolan would have loved to have written Zombie Man in a lazy moment I thought this could be what he'd be doing if he were still around and had been listening to the scream a bit, great song fer sure even with the Cpt Beefheart guitar boogie popping in for a visit foot stomper and potential live fave I reckon .
Beautiful Past Beautiful Future. Beautiful Summer..i had to play that song over again just to make sure it was actually THAT good , absolutely brilliant piano chords by Mr Duffy and dreamy vox by BG this is CLASS baby. I was lucky enough to see it performed live at the Royal Festival Hall with a violinist and it stood out then.In my opinion it is the best track on the album.. I love to hurt runs along with bobbys vocals running over an electro beat which is a duet and co written with Lovefoxx and I could swear I heard a bloody moog in there somewhere great little club track .
Duet with Linda Thompson on Christine McVie's Over & Over is a bloody odd one but whaddya expect from the Scream ...the unexpected of course. it comes over scarily well but lets keep these to the odd one now and again huh ?
Vibeometer on the up tempo up for Necro Hex Blues which runs at an unrelenting pace throughout which I love. This one`s got Josh Homme on guitar and also co wrote. I feel James Williamson ....
The glory of love ..ok I don't get this track at all and its on here twice! maybe its one of those that you need more than a week to get to grips with I know it's a good track but I haven't arrived at its good spot yet .
Just to show that the Scream are always listening to music old and new Hawkwind's Urban Guerilla gets a real pasting as they make it their own too, great choice great version
Time of Assasins is a fast paced instrumental reminiscent of Bowies V2 Schneider but what the hell is this doing at the end of the album? Wrong choice if you ask me, would have been much better placed in the middle .

Plus you get the video for Cant go back of course

Beautiful Future is a great rock n roll album
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2008
god knows what the scream were thinking when they made "beautiful future"; this album is so blatantly commercial, it could make you scream (pun intended).

I miss everything that this band ever stood for - and I say this with about 13 or so years hindsight: there`s no urgency here, no irony, nothing...not even real sleaze...it`s simply utterly boring.

in a nutshell, primal scream have obviously run out of ideas: this might well be their last shot at chart success - and the scream`s motivation for targeting the kiddie market. mark my words, it`s not gonna work.

therefore, avoid this one like the pest; and hope for better days...maybe.

beautiful future? not.
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on 27 July 2014
Excellent. Perfect seller.
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