Rather than sneaking up behind and tapping you on the shoulder, Primal Scream would rather hit you square in the face with a sledgehammer. Welcome back, by the way. But this is a good thing. The One Man Walking Chemical Factory (Bobby Gillespie) and his gang have made one of the most focused, loudest and yes, evil albums of any age, let alone this one. The sheer ferocity of some of these songs is so unexpected from a band twice the age of say, The Parkinsons, but they never lose a sense of classic songwriting. That's experience for you. The soothing, pulsing 'Autobahn 66' at one end of the spectrum, the flammable 'Skull X' and 'Detroit' at the other - this album is a spectrum of very, very good songs. Each and every one could be the soundtrack to your night and, yes! you can dance to them. Well, 'Sick City' demands that you jump around like a kangaroo with scolded feet, but you get the idea. More focused than 'Screamadelica' and 'Vanishing Point', more tuneful than 'XTRMNTR', this album will stand the test of time. It also manages to blend every genre known to man (doesn't 'Detroit' sound like a twisted version of Kylie's 'I Can't Get You Out Of My Head'?). It's funny that The Scream had to produce their two pinnacle albums at the twilight (surely?) of their career, but I have to say that out of their music of the last 2 years, they have really thrown down the gauntlet to aspiring rock n rollers. An excellent album which everyone should listen to, it's July but I'm confident this will not be bettered for the rest of this year (or at least for another two). Primal Scream, the most consistantly excellent band of their generation, deserve your applause. I'll give them a one man standing ovation myself. 10/10 Standout tracks - 'The Lord Is My Shotgun', 'Detroit', 'Rise'
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