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Album Review

On Pure, the Primitives churn out typical late-'80s pop mixed with a little Manchester influence. Focusing on catchy hooks, jangly guitars, and Tracy's sweet, melodic voice, the band creates solid pop songs, such as "Sick of It" and "Dizzy Heights." But it's the songs where the band experiments and moves away from its traditional sound that stand out. On "Shine," "All the Way Down," and "I Almost Touched You," guitarist P.J. Court takes over lead vocals, and the band explores a more psychedelic-influenced sound that wouldn't seem out of place on a Stone Roses album. Unfortunately, there are only a few tracks like this on Pure. The majority of the record is devoted to straight pop songs that, while enjoyable, begin to blend together in places.

Biography

Formed: July, 1985 in Coventry, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

British indie pop band the Primitives were formed in Coventry, England in mid-1985 by singer Kieron, guitarist Paul Court, bassist Steve Dullaghan, and drummer Pete Tweedie; after a handful of gigs Kieron was replaced by vocalist Tracy Tracy, a peroxide-blonde bombshell whose presence inspired a more melodic approach, which earned the group inevitable comparisons to Blondie. The Primitives' debut single, "Thru the Flowers," appeared on their own Lazy label in 1986 and was quickly followed by radio...
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