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Album Review

As befits an album bookended by tracks titled "I Love Rock'n'Roll" and "I Hate Rock'n'Roll," the Jesus and Mary Chain's Sub Pop label debut, Munki, is schizophrenic and impassioned, a record that both summarizes the band's career to date and cleans the slate for their future. Virtually each of the 17 tracks here echoes a prior moment in the Chain's existence, moving at breakneck pace from the volcanic noise of their earliest material to the bleak grace of Darklands, through to the sleek, supercharged pop of Automatic — even Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval makes a cameo, as she did on Stoned & Dethroned. In a sense, it's an ideal primer to the Reid brothers' mercurial world, flirting with both brilliance and mediocrity; even after well over a decade, the Jesus and Mary Chain continue to thrill, irritate, and confound — they're a true love/hate obsession.

Customer Reviews

The dude below, simpsons lover, must not have listened

Cause this album is great. No matter what favorite theme of J&M you prefer>>>be it the religion, sex, drugs, or rock and roll, it is all here. Great pop, great rock, and all surrounded by a hazy shade of feedback that makes it unique. Dumb? Uh, no dude, that title belongs to you.

Overlooked return to form

If you only bought it only for "Degenerate" you'd still be ahead of the game. JMC were toying with a soft sort of sound that alienated a lot of their audience, and then comes Munki, delerious gorgeous noise. There's some amazing stuff on this album that just never made to the airwaves, presumably because the Reid boys were passe by the time this was released. But give it a listen; the glorious feedback of Degenerate, the creepy sonic subltlety of Perfume . . . its been said of the JMC that they've got only one song, but its a great one. Well, Degenerate is the finest incarnation of that song. They blend punk sensibilities with Phil Spector sonics. . . a wall of sound from some not-so-nice guys who do what they do with maximum intensity.

Another Great Overlooked Album

Short but sweet: First off, this album is about a 4 star album, not a 5 so i rated higher to get rid of the nasty 3 stars currently stamping this album. With that being said this J&MC album is essentially an album that revisits every one of their prior albums. "Birthday" will remind you of Honey's Dead, "I love/I Hate... Rock And Roll" revisits Automatic era, "Never Understood" once again explores the acoustic lightness of Stoned And Dethroned. The trend continues from there. The only thing that hinder's this album is a true lack of focus, which normally wouldn't be a problem, but considering this album is almost twice as long as your average J&MC record, you sometimes find yourself listening to different "sections" of this record, rather then as a whole, but still looking at the album as a whole, it's quite satisfying... nothing like a bit of contridiction to mix things up, but that's how it is. Now listen...


Formed: 1984 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

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

Like the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the Scottish group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback that served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Dinosaur Jr. Though the supporting players drifted in and out of focus, the heart of the Mary Chain remained vocalists and guitarists William...
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