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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.

Customer Reviews

Cliched adage....shoulda been bigger... took so long to find, and I might be the only one to buy it, but in my opinion "Shine" shoulda been a game changer in the relm of pop music. From the band that brought you THEE perfect pop song "Crash"...

I'm gonna try my best move. I'm gonna leave you way behind me. took long enough to get this fun album here. Easy listening tunes like Summer Rain and Way Behind Me are worth the cost of the entire album. Awesome, simple lyrics. You can't go wrong.

No Sophomore Slump!!

This second album by the Primitives picks up right where Lovely left off. Pure heaven and pop perfection is found in these gems. If you like your guitars with a bit of jingle-jangle and edge, your melodies with an unforgettable 60' sunniness, then this is your band. Standouts are, "Way Behind Me", "Secrets", "Never Tell", and "Outside/ Summer Rain". This album will not disappoint.


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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