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This review is from: Automatic (Audio CD)
Automatic is the third album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. The Mary Chain on this record is basically the core duo of brothers William and Jim Reid, with a drum machine providing percussion, and even a synthesizer filling in on bass guitar. At this point in the band's career they were veering away from the 1-2 minute punk tunes and trying to assert themselves as musicians who had a love for creating beautifully chaotic perfect pop songs. The Jesus Mary and Chain are one of those forgotten alternative indie 80s bands. Highly influential and ahead of their time the Jesus Mary and Chain combined punk, pop, sludge, noise, and walls of feedback to create some of the most inspiring music to come out of the early indie scene. As for sibling rivalry, these two make the Noel and Liam (Oasis) look like pusycats
What makes TJMC so great is that they sang songs about sad, depressing themes, but yet played them with a pop sensibility. ". The songs are depressing psychotic miserable tunes equipped with the usual wash of feedback and distortion, but yet makes you want to sing and dance. The Jesus Mary and Chain sound is what would happen if the Velvet Underground got into a fight with the Beach Boys or if Echo and the Bunnymen collided with the Smiths and Joy Division and were given the kiss of life by the Cure. Better than all of their competitors, they never quite made it past the finishing line. The Jesus Mary and Chain masterfully blend and craft catchy pop tunes and disfigured them beautifully with feedback and distortion.
On 1989's AUTOMATIC, the Jesus & Mary Chain take the pop-tinged sound of DARKLANDS, and roughen up the edges with a slight industrial tinge. Though it's certainly not a complete return to the ferocity of PSYCHOCANDY. Automatic is a worthy attempt at taking back the fierceness that had been diluted somehow although the feedback isn't the dying tangle of their first album. .The sound is still fresh and exciting injected with venomous pop sensibilities complemented by powerful guitars and hardened melodies. The whole caboodle is raw but yet pure, an energetic rush of polluted and wonderful rock & roll soaked in class, cockiness and beautiful laziness. Take a peak into the world of Indie today and we can see their influence splattered liberally all over the place