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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a hard, angry primal scream of a record,, 10 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Xtrmntr (Audio CD)
the echo of which will, one hopes, be around for some time to come. Give Out But Don't Give Up was a quite enjoyable trad-rock album and Vanishing Point was a crazed, dubbed-up brute. However, both lacked the vision of Screamadelica. This album is the true follow-up.
While undeniably harder and darker, with its mix of film dialogue samples and dubby grooves, Exterminator is easily the equal of Screamadelica. Bobby Gillespie's vocals here are minima but his presence hangs over the whole album. Kill All Hippies takes Kowalski's death wish to its (intended?) conclusion.
Then there's Swastika Eyes' surely the deathliest disco record since New Order's Blue Monday, a track to which it bears more than a passing resemblance, before going right off the rails into Prodigy territory (Liam Howlett is thanked in the sleeve notes). An aggressive hip hop track, Exterminator is easily the best thing on the album. It goes mental, Bobby Gillespie rapping about how the Government wants to kill the poor. It's an invigorating, enervating track, completely different to anything else Primal Scream have ever done. Oassis should try something like it.
MBV Arkestra, a jazzed up reworking of Vanishing Point's If They Move Kill 'Em almost but not quite matches it. As I've said before, this is a hard, angry record, and MBV Arkestra is by far the most unhinged track on it, going off in all sorts of directions, not caring if (or even, where) it ends up. That's what's called taking risks, kids, and Primal Scream are one of the few bands brave enough to do this in today's sterile musical climate, which is one of the reasons this is such a breathtaking record. The only real moment of respite during this album's sixty minutes and twenty nine seconds comes with the lovely Keep Your Dreams, which comes on like the result of a clandestine tryst between Damaged and Long Life. Like a lot of other things on this album, it shouldn't work, but it most definitely does.
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