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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000FG5Q1W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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PRIMAL SCREAM Riot City Blues (2006 UK 10-track CD album - recorded at Londons Olympic Studios and produced by Youth with guest contributions from Will Sergeant [Echo & The Bunnymen] Warren Ellis [Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds] and Alison Mosshart [The Kills]. Includes the singles Country Girl & Dolls housed in a picture sleeve)

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First listen, Riot City Blues--the ninth album from genre-mashing Scottish rock hedonists Primal Scream--feels like a conscious shift away from the politicised punk futurism that’s guided their output since "Swastika Eyes", harking back instead to the Southern-fried blues-rock that inspired their ill-received 1994 album Give Out But Don’t Give Up. No question, "Boogie Disease" and "Nitty Gritty" have fairly myopic horizons, beyond a desire to make what frontman Bobby Gillespie hails "that sweet, sweet, sweet rock’n’roll". Riot City, however, seldom sinks to the narcotic lulls that characterised their last foray into the Memphis swamps. Accompanied by haywire mandolin, "Country Girl" bounces along at a tempo that somehow reminds both of four-to-the-floor techno, and The Proclaimers’ "I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)". Kevin Shields, the eccentric guitar genius that helped shape the last two Scream records, is gone, but new special guests include Will Sergeant of Echo And The Bunnymen and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart (who contributes a great guest verse to "Dolls (Come On Baby Let’s Have A Good Time)". Meanwhile, "Sometimes I Feel So Lonely" is a blissful gospel hymn to anarchy ("Everything’s permitted/Nothing’s really true") in the vein of past Scream landmark "Star". Pastiche, but fun with it.--Louis Pattison

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When Primal Scream followed "Screamadelica" with (the completely underated) "Give Out But Don't Give Up it" it was generally considered to be too massive a change of direction. Riot City Blues dwarfs even that as a radical departure, but fortunately this time there can be absolutely no denying that the move is 100% successful. The album is their most cohesive yet and is the best, uncomplicated, euphoric, party record made for years and years. It's the record they should have made when Mani first joined (a stunning free transfer comparable to Ronnie Wood joining The Stones - can you imagine The Scream without Mani?) and features songs that will blow the roof off any venue when played live; "Country Girl", "The 99th Floor" and "Hell's Coming Down" sound like an unholey union of The Pogues, Clash, Stones and Stooges (fighting in a drunken hoare house), "Little Death" is sex between Jim Morrison and John Cale, and "Sometimes I Feel So Lonely" keeps all the Bobby-G-in-Fragile-Epic fans happy, what a gorgeous song. Anyway, RCBs is just fantastic and as a life long fan I'm over the moon. Bobby and Mani have been telling anyone that they are the best rock 'n' roll band in the world - now they've got the album to back the statement up. Buy it and TURN IT UP.
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this has to be one of the most entertaining no nonsense albums released in 2006 with all the emo bands around now days it's nice to have an band,venturing back into the days gone..
I.E beggar's banquet, or more correctly as some have stated in reviews the stones 1969 classic "let it bleed" yes i can see the simualar musical styles that primal scream present, but it's still their own work, and it's a foot stomper, rock and roll album they've left behind the electronic sound of their 2002 album "evil heat" and given us an scorching slice of rock with an hint of country,

reccomended if you like you're rock scolding and in the vein of the great rolling stones
also features the single "country girl"

we're gonna boogie"
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This should have six stars, their best for a while, and dare I say, a return to form, though their albums do tend to vary. The country emphasis works great on the two tracks it's applied upon, some of the others rock tremendously. If you're new to the Scream, start here, work backwards, then foreward.
Nearly something for everyone here, and in a P. Scream release, that's rare.
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I am fan of xtrminator, more light, vanishing point but cannot listen to this stuff. I would rather listen to exile on main street, sticky fingers, goats head soup by the stones. I cant help but hear it as a pale imitation of the stones. I should have known this before I bought it and saved my money. Iuv the electronica stuff but this is just not my thing at all.
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Primal Scream's new album Riot City Blues shows primal Scream doing what they do best, good old rock and roll at lightning fast speed. Bobby and Mani and Co have hit the nail on the head once again, no more experimental techno beats instead a mix of country rock and roll guitar crunching sounds with a suicidal headonistic swagger. This album flows like every Primal Scream fan wants it to from start to finish a delight, long live the Scream.
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I have been aware of the existence of Primal Scream for quite some time, but know very little of their output apart from what has been aired on radio. It would be probably fair to say I paid very little attention to their music until I kept hearing the superb track 'Country Girl' (apparently being the default choice of BBC Radio 2 DJs). Even if the remainder of this album 'Riot City Blues' had been poor, which it certainly is not, I had decided that at least for that song it would have been worth the money. This album has turned out to have been one of my greatest finds of recent years. I don't believe there are any poor songs presented throughout the 10 on offer here. Style wise I can hear strong Rolling Stones influences, particularly within the 7th track (We're Gonna Boogie) which harks back to The Stones early 1960s heyday of blues orientated rock. There are also hints of early mid 60s Dylan within track No6 (The 99th Floor) at least musically, and song No9 (Hell's Comin' Down) has the feel of The Faces when Rod Stewart was at the helm with its use of the mandolin. If 60s style classic rock is your thing, then this album may well please you.
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Critics like to bash this because they like to use a band's past glories as a stick to beat them with. Nobody said they had to make Screamadelica 2. The fact is, if the Stones had made this, the music press would have bowed down at the alter of Mick'n'Keef and rightly so. It's far superior to A Bigger Bang for one thing. Bobbie is classicist and a Stones junkie, and we are all the better for it.
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By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2007
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Every once in a while, Primal Scream perform their Grand Theft Audio. Which is that they rubbish anything they've done before, steal some old Rolling Stones albums, and try to copy them. Call it a reinvention, call it what you want. But the idea of some scrawny politicised rock warrior, or whatever he's known as, deciding he just wants to go Good Time Boogie just seems to me to be a backwards step.

Why, when you have all sonic armoury and intelligence to rely on, you want to deconmstruct, to simplify, to stupidify? "Go back to your mama, she'll take care of you", Gillespe advises on lead single `Country Girl', which sounds oddly like 1972 at Mick Jaggers House. And that advise he has surely taken - returning to the old template of 1994, and producing an album of feelgood, straightforward, literal - and boring - rock. Sure, it'll sound great driving down LA Freeways with the top down in the summer. But how many of us live in LA? Is this kind of escapism what we want now?

Fiddle whilst Rome burns, Bobby G. Reality plays second fiddle to Boogie Nitty Gritty with Suicide Sally and Johnny Guitar. If I wanted to hear music like this, I'd go straight to the source, crack out my old Rolling Stones CD's, and try and get satisfaction there. Instead of this, a nostalgic, retrospective hankering for a world that doesn't - and never did - exist, some kind of Imaginary Other World (like Morrissey's Imaginary England), where everything is cured by guitars. Aside from the pointed, anti-Doherty protest of "Suicide Sally And Johnny Guitar", lyrically this album is mediocre, musically tedious and fired on enthusiasm over artists expression.

Move along. Nothing to see, nothing to see.
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