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'Automatic' for the people,
This review is from: Automatic (Audio CD)If you own, or have heard any of Psychocandy, JAMC's brilliantly apocalyptic debut, you'll know what the Reid brothers are capable of. And although 'Automatic' isn't quite up to their early standards, it is a fine rock n roll record nonetheless.
The squall of feedback is all but gone, as is their habit of recording in disused tube lines, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing, making the album as a whole more accessible than its predecessors.
Opener 'Here Comes Alice' is fairly standard fare, with some nice 'doo doo doo's towards the end, whilst 'Blues from a Gun' apes Dylan lyrically, but is years apart sonically.
Highlight of the album for me is 'Between Planets', a track which surges along with a guitar part so uplifting, it renders the lyrical content obsolete.
It's hard to say exactly how this album fits in with the rest of JAMC's canon, and more difficult still to imagine its place in the UK scene on its release. It is clear however, that it has been extremely influential, possibly more so than Psychocandy, due to the band's heightened pop sensibilities. But, as an introduction to one of the finest bands to come out of East Kilbride, this is ideal.