Primal Scream



by AfroMan USER (9 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 57 replies

Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

"I think it's time to stop saying 'This is a dance record' and 'This is a rock record'. It's like saying all black music is soul." - Bobby Gillespie
Look at the album cover. You've seen it before - everyone has, it's probably one of the most famous album covers ever. It kind of looks like a face, but isn't which makes it the perfect sleeve for Screamadelica. It's kind of rock but it isn't, it's kind of dance but it isn't, it's kind of....I never know what to say when people ask me - "what are Primal Scream like?" That's the problem, they aren't like anyone. One of the most original bands I have ever heard (without sounding too weird to enjoy). They blend so many different styles there's something for everyone. Prior to Screamadelica, The Scream were more stonesy/classic rock sounding so this was a brave change of direction for the Scottish rockers. Screamadelica broke all the boundaries and made way for a wide array of bands in the 90's. A classic album.

1. Movin' On Up
Could easily pass for being a Rolling Stones song, everything about it matches up - vocals, backing vocals, riff, solo. If this was a Stones song though it would be up there with the best of them and that's really saying something. Great track with an upbeat, "feel good" feel about it. A 90's classic 5/5

2. Slip Inside This House
Introduces you to the use of dance beats that are laced throughout Screamadelica. Really psychadelic sounding percussion sets the basis for Mani's pounding bass line. The key to the song is the pre-verse and chorus which immediatley stick in your head. Quite a laid back track which would work well as an instrumental although Gillespie's vocals make it another stand out track on the album 5/5

3. Don't Fight it, Feel it
Unlike the last two tracks, this isn't going to appeal to everyone. Much more dance based with a woman vocalist taking the reins makes it very different. There's a very early 90's feel to this song with it's counter melody "bird noise" which can also be heard on the Prodigy's first album also released around that time. Nothing really grabs your attention which makes it a weaker track than most of the others. 3/5

4. Higher Than the Sun
Takes a few listens before you get into it. Again very psychadelic with some cool breakdowns. The blend of lots of influences intertwined eg. dance, jazz, rock make this another very different track. I can't think of another band who have ever made music like this. The first part of two cool tracks. EDIT: This has gradually became my favourite track on the album.5/5

5. Inner Flight
This is a drug song - nothing else can be said to describe it. Makes you feel like your slipping into a dream. Sounds a lot like Leftfield with it's distant drum beat and psychadelic melody. Refreshing. 4/5

6. Come Together
Defintley the weirdest track on the album. No vocals or lyrics, just a sample of a preacher played over and over upon gospel organ chords and dance beat. "Warping space sounds" give the song a feeling of being in space. Starts off slowly and builds up to a climax of many different sounds and textures going at once. The preach of "we just know music is music" symbolises the whole Primal Scream experience with their endless array of influences. The track gradually breaks down again with woman vocalists chant of "together as one" which gradually leads the song out. 4/5

7. Loaded
"Exactly what is it that you want to do?" One of the most popular tracks off the album and praised by stoners everywhere. "Loaded" is probably my favourite track on the album with it's laid back groove and sweeping melodies. If your going to download one song from the album, this is it.5/5

8. Damaged
The only acoustic song on Screamadelica. More like a conventional song than most of the other tracks with it's simple structure and singing throughout. It's hard to make out what Gillespie is singing about but what can be heard sounds like a love song. Adds even more variety to the album. 4/5

9. I'm Comin' Down
Again, very different from everything else. A blend of jazz and oriental style percussion are used to make this another chillout track. Perfect for falling asleep to or relaxing. 4/5

10. Higher Than the Sun (a dub symphony in two parts)
I don't know what to say about this track. There's so much going on yet it still remains laid back as if nothing's really happening. Split into two parts hence - "a dub symphony in two parts", the change between the two isn't really subtle at all. Everything just seems to stop and make way for an upbeat bassline that appears out of nowhere. Still a great track though.4/5

11. Shine Like Stars
Probably the weakest track. Just personal opinion but something doesn't seem right about it. There's not much of a feel to it which is what makes the rest of the album so appealing. On the otherhand, it does make a good ending to the album as the fade away as the end seems to fit perfectly. Jargon aside, it's a not very good song but good for rounding off the album. 3/5

Screamadelica is one of the most original album i've ever heard. Enjoyable from start to finish and continues to get better and better with every listen. Defintley worth checking out if your looking for something different.

For fans of - The Stone Roses, The Prodigy, Leftfield, Rolling Stones(maybe), Fatboy Slim, The Verve.

Movin On Up
Slip Inside This House

Originality: 5
Longitivity: 4.5
Musicality: 4.5
Enjoyment: 5

Overall Score: 4.75/5


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Comments:Add a Comment 
keep on phishin'
November 2nd 2004


This is a great album. Loaded and Inner Flight are easily my favorites.

November 2nd 2004


Great job Afro :thumb:

I love this album and Vanishing Point. "Movin' On Up" is my favorite track.

Scott Herren
November 17th 2004


The middle part of "Come Together", not the part where "come together" is chanted endlessly, is the highlight of the album.

edit: looking at your review, you ignored the incredible part in the middle of "Come Together", which in fact has vocals, and is one of the best parts of the album. :mad:

November 18th 2004


Awesome album, I really love this band.

Great review.

November 19th 2004


yay! Best album. Cool review afro!

PS When are you coming back to MD ;)

November 19th 2004


[QUOTE=br3ad_man]PS When are you coming back to MD ;)[/QUOTE]

Now! :eek:

November 19th 2004


[QUOTE=Scott Herren]The middle part of "Come Together", not the part where "come together" is chanted endlessly, is the highlight of the album.

edit: looking at your review, you ignored the incredible part in the middle of "Come Together", which in fact has vocals, and is one of the best parts of the album. :mad:[/QUOTE]

I'll check it out, can't be that good if I missed it :smash:

May 2nd 2005


i think i see why pl clal it dance but if it is dance its about the only dance i like. and oh wait it has instruments so it probably aint dance lol.

September 20th 2005


Great album, it has a bit of everything.

July 21st 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good album. I'm slowly getting into it. So far, I love the first 3 tracks.

Great review BTW.

December 27th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review.

I love this album, my first one by the Primals and probably their best, doubt they'll beat it.

By the way, Mani didn't join the band till 1997, and this was made in 1991, when he was still in the Roses.

Log S.
January 15th 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

i think i see why pl clal it dance but if it is dance its about the only dance i like. and oh wait it has instruments so it probably aint dance lol.

educated post.

amazing album, highlights for me are:

movin' on up

slip inside this house

higher than the sun


it's a shame that half the genius on this album, andy weatherall, left before GOBDGU. thank god he came back for Vanishing Point.

March 25th 2008


Album Rating: 3.0

It is hard to listen with all the styles that are mixed up. Some songs are just good enough to go to sleep. Music to relax. But the othersare just pretty good. I agree with the review but for me it deserves a plain 3.

October 11th 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

We wanna be free! And we wanna get loaded! And were gonna have a good time!

March 7th 2010


Damaged: If ever a song could symbolise how drugs can take you from the heights of ecstasy to the pits of despair in a blink of an eye, this is it. But then, every single track on the album is meant to depict the different phases of taking...ecstasy maybe?

I guess you can relate more to the tracks on the album if you have ever taken E and experienced all the highs and lows. Don't Fight It, Feel It is a brilliant "coming up" track, where you're starting to realise how fantastic you feel and the music is gradually taking you higher. "Inner Flight" represents that beautiful moment (which doesn't always happen) where you finally "get" the meaning of life, until the "woo-woooos" at the end bring you back from your haze and you swiftly forget whatever epiphany had come to you!!

Sorry this mini-reivew probably sounds as pretentious as hell! I do think though that while you don't need to have taken E (or similar rave drug) to enjoy the album, it probably helps to explain the album. I'm sure a lot of people who have done it don't enjoy the album nor would care to explain it either!

May 24th 2011


So I heard this was genius

May 24th 2011


pretty good.

May 24th 2011


Listening right now.

April 29th 2012


album was pretty good, wasn't as good as everyone said it was

May 28th 2012


Slip Inside This House is so trippy

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