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Vanishing Point

Primal Scream

1997

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Vanishing Point
Album Summary

Vanishing Point is the fifth studio album by Scottish rock band Primal Scream. It was released on 7 July 1997 in the United Kingdom by Creation Records and in the United States by Reprise Records. It peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. The album shows inspiration from genres such as dub, ambient, dance music, and krautrock, as well as bands such as Motörhead, Can, and the Stooges. It was the band's first album to feature Gary 'Mani' Mounfield on bass, formerly of the Stone Roses, although Marco Nelson played bass on "Burning Wheel", "Star", "If They Move, Kill 'Em'", and "Stuka".Other guest appearances on Vanishing Point include Augustus Pablo, Glen Matlock, and the Memphis Horns. Gillespie has described the album as an anarcho-syndicalist speedfreak road-movie record. It is named after and inspired by the 1971 film Vanishing Point, especially the song "Kowalski", which is meant to be an alternative soundtrack of the movie. Lead singer Bobby Gillespie said, "The music in the film is hippy music, so we thought, 'Why not record some music that really reflects the mood of the film?' It's always been a favourite of the band, we love the air of paranoia and speed- freak righteousness. It's impossible to get hold of now, which is great! It's a pure underground film, rammed with claustrophobia.

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2.82

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

The most exciting part of listening to this album was enjoying a song and going to save it, and then realizing the album had ended and it was playing Primal Scream radio. Didn't enjoy this one much

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Thu Aug 25 2022
1

As if this project hasn't given me enough garbage from the UK in this lifetime, here's some nameless 90s shit that sounds like a mix of britpop and PS1 snowboarding game soundtrack. And it goes for ages. Pointless and useless. Fuck off. 1/5.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

If someone told me they hated this album i would completely get it, but i absolutely loved it!

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Tue Jul 27 2021
1

I hate this fucking album so much.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

I had heard of Primal Scream but wasn't sure whether I knew any of their music. My expectation, just based on the name of the band, was loud, hard, driving rock and roll. Boy, was I wrong. This was a really pleasant surprise. Super interesting, adventurous and well done. Will definitely listen again. 4 stars.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Screamadelica, Vanishing Point, Echo Dek, XTRMNTR, Evil Heat are all great albums and just show how good of a band Primal Scream became at a certain moment. Re Vanishing Point: it is a bit like Darklands from the Jesus and Mary Chain - a really strong album but you automatically compare against Psychocandy. Likewise you compare Vanishing Point to Screamadelica, which is just hard to beat. So I will just give 4 stars but could (should?) have given 5.. .. ..oh no hold on: 5 after all :-)

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

I don't know anything about this band but I know I a synch album when I hear one. Every track a vibe, never an anthem? No bangers just moods? This album was made to be background music. Well, it manages to be exactly that, unfortunately.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

super good, can’t tell what my favorite song was, some time between Star, Trainspotting, or Long Life yeah just all around 10/10

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

I was bracing for a heavy metal or hard rock assault, but instead this was psychedelic and trippy. The songs are an eclectic brew that really drew me in. Surprises everywhere including some great horns, clarinet, harmonica with that trippy synth throughout. Definitely need to keep Primal Scream on my radar because I loved this.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

I'm a Primal Scream fan so this is loaded with bias. It's not their finest album but it is another excellent trippy journey. Stand out tracks - Burning Wheel - Star - Get Duffy - Kowalski - Trainspotting

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Wikipedia says the band's frontman described this album as an "anarcho-syndicalist speedfreak road-movie record" and I think that's about as good a description as any I could come up with. I highly recommend this album to anybody who likes electronica, house, trip-hop, or similar

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Dubbed out skeletons of songs, mixed upside down and sideways. I love it, but this is deeply weird for a band of this profile. Taking the remixed template of screamadelica, but with a more industrial and dubbed out version. Noisy, spacey, groovy. I love it. Some 'real' songs (eg 'Medication', 'motorhead' cover), with some instrumentals (eg 'trainspotting')

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

I only knew Screamadelica which is amazing. Glad I got to discover this one as well. It sounds very different, but I feel like that is what makes it so great for me.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

I am not nearly high enough to enjoy all of the sounds in this album. Too many distracting noises that my ND brain cannot process. Reverb and more reverb. Star belongs on a different album, where the hell did that even come from? Might enjoy if under the influence of shrooms or peyote or acid or might not. Yeah, prolly not. Got lost in Stuka and Trainspotting while someone else was driving, sorta frightening. Note to self: do not listen to this album while driving. I just couldn’t with Long Life. Unlikely to listen again, unless I find myself tripping balls.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

Not good. Lead just kinda talks during the songs, not in a spoken word or rap way, but just lazy not singing. Would be better fully instrumental, as some songs almost were.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

Like this album. One of their best...

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

- strong variety of emotion and energy. from energetic Kowalski to mellow Star to introverted Burning Wheel. - strong production value - Personally loved the album, so many likes.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

As good as I remembered, most excellent!

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Sun Aug 06 2023
5

Damn I had a really nice review written out here song for song and then my browser updated :( Anyways this album uses some crazy different instruments to enhance the psychedelia of this album. Between the melodica, the sitar, the sax, and trumpet it sounds genre-bending but not at the same time. Long life sounds like solo Thom Yorke. Absolutely adore. The instrumentals alone give this a 5/5 for me. It is the best kind of strange. Definitely an album to listen to in one sitting. My fav type of album. Kept trying to find a reason to not give this a 5 but this album makes me feel like I'm on drugs. Now I want to take all the drugs and listen to it.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

A curiously enjoyable sound, definitely worth saving

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

I already reviewed Screamadelica this week, and it was enough. This is a weaker version of the same. Dreary indie rockers play derivative psychedelia. I'm sure it was an amazing soundtrack to doing drugs in fields in the 1990s, but it hasn't aged that well.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

While I'm not a huge fan of the electronic music, some of their hybrid electronic-rock works. The grooves are pretty decent and I can appreciate what they are going for here. Some if it is also pretty bad. Kowalski is pretty fun. So is "If They Move, Kill 'Em". Star is terrible. The rest is somewhere in the middle. Mixed bag of a record that ends up being less than the sum of its parts.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
2

Pretty sleepy album but I didn't hate it. Pretty forgettable. Not sure what qualifies this album to be a must hear. Probably some insane back story that isn't immediately recognizable at face value just from listening to it - which in my opinion should remove a record from qualifying but who am I to say? Ain't my list.

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Thu Dec 10 2020
1

I know I listened to it....but can't remember anything about it today. This is "just another 90s style album" to me.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
1

I did not get into this album. It had some beats but I would not describe them as good beats. I started skipping through the songs.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
1

All experimental filler noise, zero substance

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

I don't remember many vocals. Nice background music with a early chill electronic sound.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

Precisava muito escutar de verdade

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Sun Feb 19 2023
5

Fascinating album, new to me. Number of music styles is amazing, is this Primal Screams' Sandinista? With the dub of Stuka as best song. Even better: the link at YouTube had additional B-sides, Jesus sounds like Velvet Underground and would have been great VU song. And the Stranglers cover of 96 tears was fun.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

Bobby Gillespie is a genius. There is so much variety and experimentation here and it’s all superb. The drums are hypnotic under the accompanying instrumentation, with poetically pointed lyrics overtop.

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Sun Aug 06 2023
5

The first 2 songs were awesome to listen to on the beach. Then it definitely picks up starting at the third song I can't tell what type of genre this is but is quite cool Star is awesome. That is an instant add to a playlist Stuka is trippy as hell. The end with headphones on is wild Medication is completely different than the rest it sounds like the Strokes right in the middle of the album Trainspotting has an awesome build up into some really nice groovy guitar then into some sort of weird harmonoca This album is out of control I love it

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Sun Aug 20 2023
5

been on a bit of a downer on the scream recently as i've come to the realisation that Bobby Gillespie is a bit of a bell end. always kind of knew it but i read his book and he proper gives it the big i am about being right on and makes out like he's some enlightened being when really he's a ned who will take what he can and shaft people along the way, like his former band mates. revisiting this album though has calmed those feelings and replaced them with the question of how the fuck do a bunch of glaswegian bag heads come up with something like this? when you look at the screams back catalogue they've hopped genre almost every album and done it successfully. as much as i think he's a lucky chancer he must have something about him to have made the albums they've made.

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Sun Nov 05 2023
5

Need to relisten not sure how I missed this first time around

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Thu Nov 09 2023
5

Absolutely fell in love with this band

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Thu Dec 07 2023
5

A great record in my opinion. It mixes the psychedelic sounds of spacemen 3 with electronic elements and creates a very unique vibe

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Fri Dec 08 2023
5

Incredible. Always loved this album, love the way they are never afraid to experiment on their albums.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
5

An alternative soundtrack to the movie. It feels like it fits better.

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Mon Feb 19 2024
5

This was probably the only era of this album that me and my dad could agree on. He loved the film "Vanishing Point" and it was great to see him engage with the album. And it's still just great, really unlike anything else at the time, and Primal Scream finding the confidence to do whatever the hell they wanted. Thanks, Bobby.

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Wed Mar 06 2024
5

I love the grunge! They must be an inspiration for the Gorrillaz.

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Sun Mar 24 2024
5

Primal Scream's weed record. This one sounds more Bristol than Glasgow, which fits the Scream much better their prior record's Black Crowes and rail whiskey energy

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Wed Jun 12 2024
5

I understand the influence this had on Gorillaz now

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Thu Sep 03 2020
4

a lot better than I thought! Added it to my favs.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
4

I'm uncertain of the artistic direction here, but I do always like psychedelia, and these are some certifiably weird songs. Especially because one moment the base of the song is reggae/dub and the next second it's noise rock.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Really good. Oddly reminded me of Prince, just in the experimental nature of it.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Me gustó la mezcla de instrumental con voces. Me da una buena sensación, a veces me relaja lo cual parece extraño con el sonido de este álbum. Siento que me gustaron todas casi en un mismo nivel, pero nomás por comentar "Star" y "Get Duffy" me gustaron más y "Know Your Rights" muy hipnótica. 9/10.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Sí gustó su amalgama psocodelica, trippopiana, industrial. Stuka y if they move kille them mis favs.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Bra ändå, lyssnade inte på hela så detta kanske är generöst... men gillar bandet

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

One or two tracks (Get Duffy being one) aren’t great but other than that this is an excellent Scream album and I forgot how good it was - always at their best when Andrew Weatherall was at the helm

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

An immersive mix of psychedelic rock and pop.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Outside the box. Late night raining in the city. John Wick 4 soundtrack? Last song AMAZING. Listened 3 times in a row.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

This is a good mix of rock and some electronic music on some of the tracks. It's a long album but I like it. I had never heard the band before so extra credit for the introduction.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Yes, groovy, digging it. Half euphoric "Screamadelica", half gritty jittery "XTRMNTR", and coming between those two albums, makes perfect sense! Fave track - "If They Move, Kill 'Em"

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Enjoyed this, not full throttle but good BG music

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Nice! I was worried I wasn't going to like this one based on the Wikipedia description but was pleasantly surprised by the level of musicianship and atmosphere creation going on here.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Very interesting album - definitely going to listen to more.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Great psychadelic 90s pick. Favorites: Burning Wheel, Kowalski, Star

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Pretty cool! Couple weird, but very neat tracks.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Very long, felt like a mix between rock and lift music

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Not at all what I expected, very interesting sound..mellow,frantic,discombobulated but fun…older boomer here always interested in new sounds…this is a keeper

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Guys really named their psychedelic rock band "Primal Scream". That's like naming a death metal band "Lollipop Wizards". Loved the songs that sounded like video game [MISSION LOADING] music (Get Duffy, If They Move Kill 'Em). I appreciate when an album doesn't sound the same all the way through. There's a lot of genres and sounds here - psychedelic rock, electronica, regular pop and something I can only describe as "Thom Yorke Goblin Music".

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

A proper trip. I've never gelled with much other Primal Scream stuff, but this album is a stoned killer.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

This album is terrific. Nicely crafted sound, beautifully trippy, musically creative and diverse. The tonal shifts from song to song are sometimes pretty weird and extreme, but somehow it works. Fave Songs: Star, Motörhead, Long Life, Medication, If They Move, Kill 'Em, Stuka

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Pretty damn hott this album. Dance rock at it's best. I warmed to thus one more easily than Screamadelica, which still hasn't quite done it for me. But this album makes me want to try Screamadelica another spin see what I'm missing. Anyway Vanishing Point locks into some awesome dance grooves. Very enjoyable. 4 🌟

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Sun May 15 2022
4

This just plays like a soundtrack in my head...after a few rough albums this one has several tracks added to my list not including Trainspotting which was already under the obvious soundtrack list...

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

não é um screamadelica mas tá valendo demais

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Well very nearly, 2 days before the 25th anniversary this comes up. Lovely. It does sort of feel its age to me this one, I guess because I lived through it and heard it lots at the time but not much since. This is the last Scream album I listened to in great detail. The 90s big beat style is front and centre. Medication is a hangover from when they thought they were the Rolling Stones and sounds a lot like 'Rocks', I can take or leave that one. Still, it's a very good album. The dub stuff is great, Long Life is great, Burning wheel is up there with the best things they've ever done, and Trainspotting stands up well, probably the one song on this album I have heard the most down the years in fact.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Interesting...kept my attention

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

This is a real revalation- of course I've heard these guys in passing but never really listened to this album. It's a real eclectic mix of style - not entirely original but I found this really enjoyable. Rock 'n roll and trip hop meets electronic industrial.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

This album is almost great. It features a mix of house, dub, rock, ambient, and experimental electronic music. Most of this is executed very well. However, there are moments on some of the more experimental pieces which don't quite work. It's as if they heard Aphex Twin and tried to do what he did without actually putting the time in to learn how. The elements are there, but the arrangement is not. Luckily, these moments are few and far between. Nevertheless, this band cannot be said to have picked a lane and stayed in it and their willingness to try something new makes this an album that is great in the background, but is also rewarded with a closer listening.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Varying vibes throughout the album, some tracks with nice vocals and others more based on electronic rock which were quite nice

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

When Primal scream went electronic. Has great groovy elements, with some weird noisy soundscapes. Some work perfect, like Burning wheel, others become too weird to my taste though. But a solid album in general!

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

I can see this album being divisive, but I had a lot of fun with it. Although this would drive me crazy if I was stuck in traffic.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

With a name like Primal Scream, one might expect music that’s hard, nasty and brutish. Instead this album is melodic and flows easily from one song to the next, incorporating elements of dub and ambient music.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

C'est weird dans un bon sens, J'étais vraiment engagé dans l"albulm et l'écoute ne m'a pas du tout paru comme 1h de temps. 4

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

I was expecting a band called Primal Scream to be screamier. They weren't! Mostly chill dance vibes here. The dance tracks are far better than the others. Star, a song with a message, is particularly on the nose and a little cringey. But overall, I enjoyed this. Groovy and sedate.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

I was afraid when I saw the album cover, but this album kept me invested with repeated listens.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

I don’t love the lead vocalist. The rest of the instrumentation is pretty cool Medication is a pretty standout song. This is one of those albums where I could see myself giving other albums by them a 5 but this just slightly missed that mark

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

To me this is a major improvement over "Screamadelica." I sort of enjoy the unfocused, atmospheric mess of this, and the influences are top notch. I hear wafts of Can beats, samples of Miles Davis' fusion material, some Stooges rock that slaps you in the face out of nowhere, and of course a strong Dub influence (with Augustus Pablo on melodica no less!). I'm into the hazy, druggy, loose, kitchen sink experimentation of it all. Using the Vader mask on "Motorhead" is a good clue that they weren't taking themselves too seriously and were just fucking around, having fun, and being themselves. Probably would've been a blast to hang out with them during the recording of this. Having disliked "Screamadelica" (I rated it a 2), I thought I was going to hate this. But I have to say, as I continue to listen to this album, I've gotta give them the Most Improved Artist award. Actually kinda regret I wasn't into this upon it's initial release as it would've been right up my alley.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

I do like some primal scream. Fun listen

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

Probably my favourite Scream album

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

I've grown to see a 50+ minute-long 90s electronic album from this list and assume it's gonna be long and tedious, but Primal Scream (known for the famous Madchester masterpiece Screamadelica) shows us you could produce a fusion of psychedelia, electronica, and ambiance with a strong rock base to produce something unique and exciting. Every track is busy with industrial and space-like noises to create a strange alien ambient landscape. It's a lot more mellow and subtle than their other records, and although I do think it's weaker than Screamadelica, it's held together by a consistency by fits a certain mood if I'm looking to have this as cool background music or to disassociate into other worlds with. I do prefer the tracks with Gillespie's eery vocals. There were several weak songs, and yes I guess it didn't completely escape from the lengthiness of 90s electronica, but I did find something enjoyable about every one. Favorites: Burning Wheel, Star, Medication, Trainspotting

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Sun Jan 15 2023
4

First of all, XTRMNTR is a better album than this one, and should have be chosen to accompany Screamadelica in the book. That said, this is a good album with some great tracks, let down by a few weak ones.

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Fri Feb 03 2023
4

I will be disappointed if this is the only PS album in the list. In my opinion not their best but still good.

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Thu Feb 23 2023
4

Surprisingly groovy with an assortment of melodies, and slick beats on par with the late 90s, this was an enjoyable listen. In particular, the track "Trainspotting" was well done and was a fine choice for near the end of the album.

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Wed Mar 22 2023
4

Strong though occasionally overreaching in the direction of abstraction and obscurity. "Stuka" doesn't work nearly as well as "Trainspotting," say. "Star" is easily the best cut. The rave-y neo-hippie vibe has aged reasonably well.

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