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A different viewpoint on Primal Scream,
This review is from: Beautiful Future (Audio CD)
Reading through other peoples reviews, it seems that the previous few albums are prefered to "Beautiful Future". I only have "Screamadelica" , "Vanishing Point" and "Dirty Hits", and my initial thoughts were how different in style this album is compared to the others I have listened to. This is not neccessarily a bad thing, however.
The album is more rock than the previous electronic processed sound I am used to associating Primal Scream with (such as "Kowalski" and "Get Duffy" from the album "Vanishing Point") or numbers like "Swastika Eyes". I was disappointed in the aspect that I was hoping for more of this type of music, and by judging the latter half of "Dirty Hits", I assume to be the style of most albums post-Vanishing Point era.
However, despite this new musical path, I have to admit I do like the album, as I am a fan of this brand of 'light' rock. "Zombie Man" is a very anthemic track, which is groovy to listen to but will probably be one of those tracks I get bored of from being overheard in a short space of time. "Uptown" and "Can't Go Back" are good songs to kick the album off to, whilst "Beautiful Summer" is a slower paced song with a relaxing feel to it during the middle.
I can't help feel that the band is trying to attract a more mainstream audience, as musically the songs are a lot more plain in progression and structure compared to past songs which seemed more innovative and electronica-based (The bass line of "If They Move, Kill 'Em" springs to mind). Not very Primal Scream-y, this aside, I think it is a comprehensive and casual album to enjoy.