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Mediocre Mary Chain,
This review is from: Honeys Dead (Audio CD)
A better album than the appalling Automatic, but overall, forgettable. They sound a bit like Blur on this album and only a couple of tracks are any good: Almost Gold, Rollercoaster and Sundown.
However, this re-release is a deluxe package and some of the b sides are quite good: Heat, Sometimes, Reverberation. It also includes the decent Rollercoaster EP. There are also some live tracks from 1992. These are extremely disappointing compared with live footage of the band from early 1985 on the DVD included in the Psychocandy digipack. All the early tension from back then has gone, and they sound like a bit of a flaccid corporate indie-rock band.
The promo videos were boring, in my opinion. Teenage Lust managed to be a bit tasteless in addition to being boring. The live footage of the band appearing on Channel 4's The Word was good though, much better than the album version.
Also included on the second cd are interviews with Radio One's Mark Goodier and one with Tommy Vance on the Lollapalooza tour. These were quite entertaining, with sporadic bursts of awkward laughter from Goodier, who sounded a bit out of his comfort zone. During the Vance interview, the brothers sound downbeat, with W. Reid stating how he hated Cheers and The Golden Girls and missed Coronation Street. "What do you like about Cincinnati?" "I didn't know we were in Cincinnati."
Overall, just about worth getting.
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Initial post: 17 Dec 2011 20:30:48 GMT
Mr. E. A. Dobson says:
So can you tell me which Mary Chain albums are essential?
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2011 19:18:10 GMT
No album is essential.
Food, drink and clothing for a person are essential.
The deluxe edition of Psychocandy is excellent however. Otherwise, an overrated band.
Posted on 9 Apr 2012 18:02:05 BDT
Martin Gray says:
Surely it should be the other way around? Blur wanting to desperately sound like the Mary Chain?!!
After all, the Colchester Baggy Wannabe & Also-Rans (©1991) were the runts in the litter and the most unlikely of touring supports when the JAMC did their seminal "Rollercoaster" UK tour with Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine (the first ever airing of their now infamous 'holocaust' version of You Made Me Realise) later that year.....
I am generally of the opinion that Honey's Dead features three of the Mary Chain's best EVER singles in Reverence, Far Gone and Out and Almost Gold......anyway.....
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2012 11:16:57 BDT
The Radio Mix of Reverence is great, in my opinion. With regard to JAMC sounding a bit like Blur, in the booklet, Jim Reid says he was influenced by indie stuff that was around in the late 80s, early 90s. I suppose Blur were too. Were they trying to copy the Stone Roses on songs like There's No Other Way?
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