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This review is from: Beautiful Future (Digi Packaging) (Audio CD)
XTRMNTR. There, I've mentioned it. It had to be brought up at some point, so why not at the start? Essentially, this album will never hit the heady heights of that album. Every album after XTMNTR has been a hopeful, patient wait to see if Primal Scream can do it again- but time and time again they've been a let down. Evil Heat was patchy, and Riot City Blues was just a bizarre Stones and 13th Floor Elevators homage.
14 tracks are on this album. Great! However, 1 is a video, 2 are covers which really fail to grab the imagination, and 1 is a single version of another track. OK, it could be worse. But I really would have expected them to pack in a few good ones. It just seems, sadly, that they've run out of ideas.
There are no terrible songs here, just a few distinctly average ones. The Glory of Love (why did they pick that for the next single? At least, I assume it is the next one- as it is the aforementioned 'single version'), Beautiful Summer and Suicide Bomb are just average songs that chug along, without much happening. Zombie Man could be lifted off Riot City Blues, and Necro Hex Blues similarly.
But there are a few redeeming features. Can't Go Back is brilliant, as is Uptown. Time of the Assassins and Love to Be Hurt also get honourable mentions. However that is not enough for a band with some classic albums. Yes, I've heard people call it a grower, but I don't think any album is worth 15 times of listening intently, waiting to 'get it'.
For a band who I've sat through some distinctly average albums for, waiting for the good songs because they're Primal Scream, they are really testing the patience. I would give this 2.5 stars if I could, because it's not a 2 star, but it really doesn't deserve 3 stars either.