19 Songs, 1 Hour, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Primal Scream has been on the edge of so many scenes that its identity is now its own. Fans often assume the moment that they started listening reflects Primal Scream's true personality, with all other permutations reflecting from there. In truth, Primal Scream is often of the moment; the opening track here is called "2013," and it's quite the nasty history lesson. More Light and its 13 tracks (19 on the deluxe version) reflect its sessions at Das Bunker in London and Vox Studios in Los Angeles, where the songs of Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes weren't given any limits. The group's mix of hard rock and meltdown psychedelia is denser than it was on 2008's Beautiful Future, with the additionally processed sounds—produced by David Holmes—giving a kinetic lift to the instantly catchy "Invisible City" and a perfect meditational bed to the deceptively soothing "River of Pain," which obscures the paradoxes of modern life. Robert Plant visits on the grinding "Elimination Blues." Among the deluxe edition's bonus cuts, the pulsing "Nothing Is Real/Nothing Is Unreal" is further Primal Scream goodness.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Primal Scream has been on the edge of so many scenes that its identity is now its own. Fans often assume the moment that they started listening reflects Primal Scream's true personality, with all other permutations reflecting from there. In truth, Primal Scream is often of the moment; the opening track here is called "2013," and it's quite the nasty history lesson. More Light and its 13 tracks (19 on the deluxe version) reflect its sessions at Das Bunker in London and Vox Studios in Los Angeles, where the songs of Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes weren't given any limits. The group's mix of hard rock and meltdown psychedelia is denser than it was on 2008's Beautiful Future, with the additionally processed sounds—produced by David Holmes—giving a kinetic lift to the instantly catchy "Invisible City" and a perfect meditational bed to the deceptively soothing "River of Pain," which obscures the paradoxes of modern life. Robert Plant visits on the grinding "Elimination Blues." Among the deluxe edition's bonus cuts, the pulsing "Nothing Is Real/Nothing Is Unreal" is further Primal Scream goodness.

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Welcome Back Primal Scream

A Human Graboid,

So glad these guys are back.
Primal Scream amazingly endure.
I am not going to review an album I have never heard.
That would be insane. (who does that?)
However, I will review the song 2013 as I have listened to it
several times now! (I will also be optimistic that this track is
an indication of the the upcoming album's overall tone)
2013 is an epic return to form for P.S.....I have been a huge fan
since 1988. They are an acquired taste...that is for sure. Some albums
have been supreme while others were just great. What they have going here
with 2013 is the sound they have always had lying within....it has just been
missing for the last couple albums...not to mention they can really make a 9 minute
track pass by without noticing the length.... it is just that good!!!!! Take the best from
Vanishing Point and XTRMNTR and blend well with new groove and sensibility
and spread over 9 minutes....you get 2013!!!!!!

Tour The States!!!!!!

Why would you review such a great band and not leave 5 star ?!

Linamoney,

If it's not your cap of tea don't have it ,but please stay away from leaving unfair ratings .... I have never heard a PS album that deserved less then 5 star rating. This is a cult band and and it definitely deserves a page in music history .... (-:
Please tour the US ....

The Scream have created another classic

Matteo65,

Screamadelica, Vanishing Point, XTRMNTR and Evil Heat are the tentpoles in the Scream catalog. The lesser works (Sonic Flower Groove, Primal Scream, Give Out, Riot City Blues, Beautiful Future) have their merits, but every album is met with nervous anticipation. Will it be genius or simply just pretty good. More Light is, without any doubt, genius and ranks up there with Screamadelica and XTRMNTR.

It is an epic record, with every song proving how laser focused the band is right now. Even the great records have the occasional slip into (relatively) lazy rock & roll. But More Light never settles. Relativity and Tenement Kid are two of the best songs the band has ever done. They're moving and inspired. 2013's state of the state of rock & roll is beyond timely. River of Pain's psychedelic jazz breakdown is tremendous. Culturecide, Invisible City and Hit Void (with its very MBV feel) show that the band can still rock it out. It's Alright, It's Ok feels familiar, like revisiting classic Screamadelica vibes. But they own the vibe and have every right to finish their best record in years with a reminder of their legacy. "I don't care about tomorrow when I feel like this today." Preach on, brother Bobby

About Primal Scream

Primal Scream's career could in many ways be read as a microcosm of British indie rock in the '80s and '90s. Bobby Gillespie formed the band in the mid-'80s while drumming for the Jesus and Mary Chain, who were the exact opposite of Primal Scream -- the latter specialized in infectious, jangly pop on its early records. After a brief detour to punky hard rock, the group reinvented itself as a dance band in the early '90s, following through on the pop and acid house fusions of the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. With the assistance of producers Andrew Weatherall and Hugo Nicholson, Primal Scream created the ultimate indie pop and dance fusion album, Screamadelica, in 1991. Screamadelica broke down boundaries and changed the face of British pop music in the '90s, helping to make dance and techno acceptable to the rock mainstream. Instead of following through on the promise of the album, Primal Scream retreated to Stones-y boogie for their 1994 follow-up, Give Out But Don't Give Up. When that record was greeted with indifference, they returned to dance-rock fusions with 1997's Vanishing Point, which re-established the group as a major force in British rock.

Bobby Gillespie (vocals) formed Primal Scream in 1984, while still drumming for the Jesus and Mary Chain. On its initial releases, Primal Scream was a group of '60s revivalists, crafting hooky, guitar-driven pop songs. The band signed to Creation Records in 1985, and over the next year, they released a pair of singles. However, Primal Scream didn't really take off until the middle of 1986, when Gillespie left the Mary Chain and guitarists Andrew Innes and Robert Young joined the band. "Velocity Girl," a rush of jangly guitars, was a B-side that wound up on NME's C86 cassette compilation, a collection of underground pop groups that defined the U.K.'s mid-'80s indie pop scene. The band's debut, Sonic Flower Groove, fit into the C86 sound. After the band rejected the initial version recorded with Stephen Street, they re-recorded the album with Mayo Thompson, and the record was finally released in 1987 on the Creation subsidiary Elevation. The album was well received in the British indie community, as was its 1989 follow-up, Primal Scream, which demonstrated hard rock influences from the Rolling Stones and New York Dolls to the Stooges and MC5.

As the '80s drew to a close, Britain's underground music scene became dominated by the burgeoning acid house scene. Primal Scream became fascinated with the new dance music, and they asked a friend, a DJ named Andrew Weatherall, to remix a track from Primal Scream, "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have." Weatherall completely reworked the song, adding a heavy bass groove echoing dub reggae, deleting most of the original instrumentation (even the layers of guitars), and interjecting layers of samples, including lines of Peter Fonda's dialogue from The Wild Angels. The new mix was retitled "Loaded," and it became a sensation, bringing rock & roll to the dancefloor and dance to rock & rollers. "Come Together," the first single from their forthcoming third album, was in much the same vein, and was similarly praised.

For their third album, Screamadelica, Primal Scream not only worked with Andrew Weatherall and Hugo Nicholson, the pair who essentially designed the sound of the album, but also the Orb and former Stones producer Jimmy Miller. The resulting album was a kaleidoscopic, neo-psychedelic fusion of dance, dub, techno, acid house, pop, and rock, and it was greeted with rapturous reviews in the U.K. Released in the spring of 1991, Screamadelica also marked an important moment in British pop in the '90s, helping to bring techno and house into the mainstream. The album was a massive success, winning the first Mercury Music Prize in 1992.

In the wake of the groundbreaking Screamadelica, most observers wondered what Primal Scream would do next, yet few would have predicted their retreat to '70s hard rock for Give Out But Don't Give Up. Released in 1994, the album was eagerly awaited, but its Stones-y hard rock was not well received, and it was a relative commercial failure. More importantly, it hurt the group's reputation as innovators, a situation they reacted to with the title track to the hit 1996 film Trainspotting. Primal Scream's contribution to the soundtrack was a return to the dance stylings of Screamadelica, only darker. The band continued to work on its next album, entitled Vanishing Point, over the course of 1996, finally releasing it to enthusiastic reviews in the summer of 1997. The ultra-aggressive XTRMNTR followed in the spring of 2000. Two years later, Primal Scream released Evil Heat, a guest-laden (even supermodel Kate Moss makes an appearance) album in line and on par with XTRMNTR, and in 2006, Riot City Blues came out. Festival shows and gigs with My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields filled out the following year, capped off with the release of the single "Can't Go Back." That single reappeared on the 2008 Suicide- and Alan Vega-informed full-length Beautiful Future. In 2011, the band toured in support of the 20th anniversary of Screamadelica, which resulted in a live DVD. The following year, Mani left to focus on a reunion of the Stone Roses, whom Primal Scream went on to support with Deb Googe from My Bloody Valentine on bass. 2013 began with news that the band were working on their tenth album with producer David Holmes. The resulting More Light was released in the U.K. in May 2013, appearing in the U.S. a month later. Sporadic touring followed in support for More Light, then the group spent 2015 recording their next album, Chaosmosis, which appeared in March of 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Glasgow, Scotland
  • FORMED
    1984

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