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4.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic album, by turns hard-edged, sprightly and tender
Well, it's not quite acoustic, but the tone is certainly softer and more reflective than their other records. As a collection of songs it was their best album since Darklands and there's a lot to love in these seventeen (generally brief) songs. There's atmosphere, melancholy, and some surprising optimism, plenty of strong melodies and sensitive arrangements. This was the...
Published on 19 Jan. 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Never Understand
This album sucks

Rabidly brilliant til now, the Reid Bros tried to do a Mazzy Star,,,,

,,,without the guitarist or tunes

I think goin out with Hope Sandoval made them go soft, not surprising given the beauty of Mazzy Star records,,,

This album could have made a decent EP.

Regarding the remaster, yeah the sound is...
Published on 18 Aug. 2012 by Mr. C. J. Crockford


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Sept. 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite my Mary Chain :(, 3 April 2004
This review is from: Stoned & Dethroned (Audio CD)
This is a drastic shift for the Mary Chain, ditching feedback and great sleazy stadium anthems for a lighter, more acoustic based sound. This works brilliantly in places, I love the pretty Sometimes Always and the melody in Dirty Water, and the seemingly solemn Save Me and Everybody I Know, and Between Us sounds great to me! But at 17 tracks (despite each song being fairly well compressed) the formula seems to wear slightly thin and a lot of the songs end up sounding very, very similar. On the whole the album seems rather unspectacular, each song follows the pattern of the last one, you won't find too many surprises on this one, which is a shame for the Mary Chain are so capable with all kinds of song types! :( Also the vocals sound disappointingly croaky and tired, and low in the mix compared to the music. This ain't the Mary Chain that I was used to on their 3 80's studio CDs, but I sure hope they return to their usual fantastic musicianship on the albums I have yet to hear :) I just feel a bit more effort could've been put into this one, it has potential to be fantastic, but unfortunately it doesn't quite make it. Slightly disappointing :( but as said, more than a couple of redeeming moments.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars By no means as bad as the critics would have you believe, 6 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Stoned & Dethroned (Audio CD)
This album has been widely condemned by critics as the start of the Mary Chain's decline. It certainly marked the point at which the band strayed furthest from its original blueprint of feedback, distortion and pile-driver drums but many of the ingredients that originally made the band interesting and enjoyable (let's face it they never achieved anything approaching greatness) are still here most notably the lazy, drawled vocals, the laid back approach to the songs and the attitude we first encountered on "Some Candy Talking". Critics seemed surprised at the decision of the band to adopt a kind of lazed-out, hazy americana sound as though those early experiments with surf culture had been forgotten but in many ways this provided the perfect foil to the band's attitude and in Hope Sandoval the Reids found a vocalist whose delivery matched Jim's in its laid-back yet intense style. The excellent "Sometimes Always" is the highpoint of this album and fans of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan's recent albums will find plenty to enjoy in this duet.

Elsewhere the screaming feedback is replaced by beautifully recorded acoustic guitar, much subtler drums and a lighter, airier sound which allows the songs to breathe in a way that the intense and claustrophobic material on earlier albums deliberately did not. In achieving this the songs evoke the wide open spaces of the United States in ways that many American artists have failed to achieve. Early listens will reveal most of this album's pleasures and longevity is not its strong points but it will certainly provide enjoyment and may surprise many who thought that JAMC were just about walls of noise.
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