10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After various adventures in electronica, Riot City Blues is Primal Scream’s return to straightforward rock and blues. They’ve done it before but never while sounding so vital or natural. Setting the tone, “Country Girl” is rousing, irrepressible and charged by some fierce mandolin playing, while the scuzzy garage-glam of “Dolls” highlights the appealing rawness and spontaneity to the album. It wouldn’t be a Primal Scream record without a disarming moment of tenderness though, and the country-gospel of “Sometimes I Feel So Lonely” fills that slot gracefully.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After various adventures in electronica, Riot City Blues is Primal Scream’s return to straightforward rock and blues. They’ve done it before but never while sounding so vital or natural. Setting the tone, “Country Girl” is rousing, irrepressible and charged by some fierce mandolin playing, while the scuzzy garage-glam of “Dolls” highlights the appealing rawness and spontaneity to the album. It wouldn’t be a Primal Scream record without a disarming moment of tenderness though, and the country-gospel of “Sometimes I Feel So Lonely” fills that slot gracefully.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

andydavies ,

Primal Scream. Why?

This is a bit old but "dolls" is too brillaiant

Mortified121 ,

Weird....!

In it's own way, this album is actually weirder than "Vanishing Point" or "Echo Dek". It sounds like pure self-indulgence and can be seen either as something of a tribute to the Stones or Bowie or a much poorer version of each. I lean towards the former given Primal Scream's previous output which can very often be experimental or almost avant-garde. They are generally not a rip off of anyone. My only gripe is that when bands like Primal Scream and Dandy Warhols do/did their Stones thing, they got straight A radio airplay by virtue of the fact that they are "hip" and not in their 60's. Radio station policy seems to be that you can sound like the Rolling Stones but you can't actually BE them. Good album this but if it's is your thing, you already know about Exile On Main Street and Aladdin Sane anyway.

J Gringo ,

Its been done a thousand times before

This band is a 2nd rate version of the Rolling Stone's should have spent my cash on something else can have a refund please
I tunes? guess not! oh well

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