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The Brian Jonestown Massacre's last album proper was this offering from 2003 - the sole releases since being the excellent two disc compilation 'Tepid Peppermint Wonderland' & the recent e.p. 'We are the Radio' (as well as the exposure from the documentary 'Dig!'). Anton Newcombe & co are on tour shortly, so hopefully new material will be forthcoming...

Contrary to the sleeve, there are 15-tracks on here (rather than the listed 17)- three key tracks surfaced on the compilation 'Starcleaner', 'Prozac Vs. Heroin' (released as a 7" with 'Nailing Honey to the Bee' on the flipside) and 'When Jokers Attack' - rumoured to be a rant concering the Dandy Warhols/Dig! (and in line with Anton's ranting sleevenotes - which offer insults, freeform listing of what he was aiming for musically and the fact two tracks here were meant to be sung by the Charlatans' Tim Burgess, as another was written for what's left of Echo & the Bunnymen). It seems Mr Newcombe is a blend of Arthur Lee and Mark E Smith...which is fine for the listener ( be fair Anton points out former members have pursued their aims in BRMC and the Warlocks)...

I've not heard a bad album by the Brian Jonestown Massacre, this is another classic then...why did this band not register more until the documentary? 'Introesque' sounds like 65/66 Lennon colliding with Spacemen 3, the use of violin giving the song some darkness; while 'Starcleaner' sounds like a post-rock blend of Julian Cope, Led Zeppelin III, Love and Spiritualized. 'Here to Go' offers up a catchy blend of guitar hooks that recall the Smiths, as 'When Jokers Attack' shifts into a sublime psychedelic ballad - Anton sounds a little like Guy Chadwick here!

'Prozac Vs. Heroin' is ambitious stuff, advancing on the farfisa-drones of Spacemen 3's 'Playing with Fire', building into psychedelic funk with a mantra-like quality: BELIEVE US...'Geezers' sounds like an acoustic Only Ones (probably not far from the early work of the Auteurs), seems to have been recorded in a similar way to Julian Cope's 1989 chestnut 'Skellington.' 'Maryanne' meanwhile offers a wonderful texture that recalls Ennio Morricone (you'd get that if it wasn't namechecked on the sleeve) before drifting off towards the skies...

'Tomorrow's Here Today...And This Is Our Music' uses cello/violins often - they appear to be the primary sound here alongside Spacemen 3 style-organ. 'Here It Comes' is perhaps a typical example of this and warranted turning up on the 'If Love is the Drug I Want to OD'-single. 'Here It Comes', like 'Introesque' sounds like the Jesus & Mary Chain if they had employed the same diverse methods as Beck did on his early records (...though am not sure if the right tracks are the ones I'm talking about due to the tracklisting oddness!). The sound is advanced further on 'What Did You Say?', offering similar post-Krautrock sounds as bands like Broadcast or Stereolab...

'Prozac Vs Heroin Revisited' is a skuzzier take on the earlier track, sounding like 'Stoned & Dethroned'-Mary Chain colliding with the rawer work of Neil Young. An excellent alternate interpretation of a perfectly fine song - I think I prefer this version. 'A New Low in Getting High' showcases the great acoustic-side of the band, while 'Some Things Go Without Saying' drift off into soundtrack territory - it sounds like the soundtrack to a Western set on Antartica ('Once Upon a Time in the West' as interpreted by Mychael Danna?). The closing 'Tschusse' suggests Anton & co have been listening to Cluster, Harmonia & Neu! - hopefully this direction will be more apparent on the next album proper. Another classic from the band called the Brian Jonestown Massacre then...
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on 24 April 2004
For me, this album would be perfect if it weren't for the first and lasttrack. Including answer phone messages on a record, whether they're from ahated ex or beloved new girlfriend, has been done before by Eminem. And hehasn't proven anything I didn't already know:
a) it's childish, and
b) I'm not that interested in his private life.
I'd advise anyone who's about to listen to BJM's '...And this is ourmusic' to skip 'The wrong way' and 'The right way', and focus instead onthe other tracks. You're bound to become as addicted to this album as I'vebecome. 'Prozac vs. heroin'? No, thanks - just BJM will do!
AntonNewcombe has listened to all the great bands and outdone them - see thealready mentioned 'Prozac...' , 'Tschusse' and 'Here it comes'. Some songswill have you in tears, others will have you practise standing on yourhead for the first time since primary school; but most will simplysplinter your spine with shivers.
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on 25 September 2005
this is the best music I`ve heard in many years. The band is excellent. True psychedelic rock at its finest. This is what music should be about. Never mind the Ricky Martins of the world. HEAVENLY!!!!
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