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Album Review

Misdirection and sudden turns are Primal Scream's raison d’être. Longtime fans know this well and are armed against swift changes in fashion — but even so, the hazy, unformed Beautiful Future may seem like a smack upside the head after the retro-raunch of Riot City Blues, let alone the densely coiled anarchic rock of their turn of the millennium pair of XTRMNTR and Evil Heat. Despite the presence of Josh Homme's desert muscle, this isn't a rock album, not really: it's an odd fusion of Bobby Gillespie's sugary C-86 beginnings and the pulsating colors of Screamadelica, heavy in its rhythms and light in its melody. Reduced to a mere description, Beautiful Future seems pretty intriguing, even enticing, but the album is a clumsy, ungainly Frankenstein, constructed out of pop that's never quite hooky enough and beats that bob along on an endless 4/4 loop. Unlike much post-millennial Scream, the best moments on Beautiful Future are neither noisy (only "Necro Hex Blues," the song graced by Homme, clicks) nor experimental (none of the dance cuts click) but rather the unexpected pop, whether it's the bubblegum snap of the chorus of the title track, the sugar rush of "Can't Go Back," or the gloriously dumb homage to Ringo Starr's "Back Off Boogaloo" in "Zombie Man." During these tracks, it's possible to hear what Primal Scream were attempting to do with Beautiful Future, but too often the album sacrifices simple sonic pleasures in favor of stylized meandering.

Customer Reviews

Better late than never

Slightly delayed arrival in the US iTunes stores, but a welcome arrival! The Scream continue to surprise and amaze. The theme for this album seems to be pop, but in a good, scuzzy Scream way! Dig it!

Why not in US?

i wanna download it but cant cause this is the only album that is not in the US store. release it for the whole world to love.


Great songs. Great Lyrics. Awesome album. Worth every cent you spend on it. I'm just addicted to this album.


Formed: 1984 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

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

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...
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