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Good return to form
on 14 May 2013
This is a return to the beats driven and soul-stomping version of Primal Scream, leaving behind the Stones' inspires blues rock they have dabbled in over the past decade. Holmes' production adds a nice cinematic feel and he is clearly a fan. The opener '2013' is a statement of intent, clocking in at nine minutes complete with Kevin Shields soaring guitars. The opulent 'River of Pain' is a psychedelic trip full of Indian influences. The song 'Culturecide' has a hint of 'Vanishing Point' about it while 'Hit Void' is a sharp rocker. At this stage the album starts to lose momentum and the lingering 'Tenement Kid', experimental 'Invisible City' and the faux-country of 'Goodbye Johnny' all plod along pleasantly. The brickwall of soundscapes of 'Sideman' is interesting but has the listener quickly reach for the skip button. Robert Plant's vocal contribution on Elimination Blues is cool and understated and bring the album back on track. The snappy 'Turn Each Other Inside Out' flows nicely. In contrast 'Relativity' is overly long and the first section can only be described as a racket, until it becomes a different song altogether four minutes in. The again, oddball arrangements and hooks are things to be expected on a Primal Scream album. The acoustic 'Walking with the Beast' lead to the lush 'It's alright, It's ok' that seems to incapsulate all past influences complete with a trademark stomping chorus. Accomplished.