Six alternative reviews of the new Primal Scream album More Light
A review of Primal Scream’s new album More Light based on a quote.
“We’re living in very extreme times, but that doesn’t seem to be reflected in the music that I hear or the art that I see. It seems that people are kind of asleep or they’ve been anaesthetised or they just don’t care” – Bobby Gillespie, 2013
Oh great. Another 50-something going on about how today’s generation of kids “don’t know how lucky they were to be born”. How is this different from all the old hippies going on about how shit music was during the time of punk in the late 70s, Bobby? If you really think that’s the case, perhaps you should stop listening to the same three Rolling Stones, David Holmes and Andrew Weatherall albums then.
A review of Primal Scream’s new album More Light based on a photograph (see above).
Low on cash. And ideas.
A review of Primal Scream’s album More Light based on Bobby G’s favourite Nirvana album.
It’s no In Utero. Innovation and pain being top of the list of reasons why not.
A review of Primal Scream’s album More Light based on the video for ‘2013’.
Edgy, like pulling the wings off butterflies.
A review of Primal Scream’s album More Light based on previous experience.
“Just what is it that you want to do? We wanna be free. We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. And we wanna get loaded. And we wanna have a good time.”
A review of Primal Scream’s album More Light based on the music.
Yeah, sure. It’s fine. (Shrugs) If you like that sort of thing. You can fill in the words yourself… sprawling, epic, psychedelic, beats-based, bluesy, horns-led, edgy, innovative, iconoclastic… and you’ll know that while all these words have a kernel of truth in them, it is just a kernel. And you already know what to expect: more of the same, only less so, or perhaps (deliciously) less of the same, only more so. I have an inbuilt distrust of any music you need to take drugs/alcohol to truly appreciate (music has ALWAYS been my drug) but (shrugs) sometimes Primal Scream do have the ability to hit a groove and keep on it. (As they do here, on ‘2013’.) And I appreciate the way Bobby Gillespie still courts controversy, still speaks up against the system. (How could I not? I come from the same school.) More Light is no Spiritualized, and we should be very grateful for that. It’s no (first three albums) Saints either, but that’s OK. Little is.
Primal Scream are a classic example of how, for decades, rock’n’roll has provided the illusion of rebellion in place of rebellion itself. Perhaps this amounts to the same thing. I have never had any real way of knowing.