by / March 20th, 2016 /

Primal Scream – Chaosmosis

 3/5 Rating

(First International / Ignition)

Bobby Gillespie and co.’s 11th long player is an uneven but primarily pleasant listen. ‘Trippin’ On Your Love’ features Haim (which appears to be the only aspect of this track to be remotely associated with the 21st century). It’s an unashamed rehash of Screamadelica era Primal Scream-much like ‘It’s Alright, It’s Ok’ from 2013’s More Light.

‘(Feeling Like A) Demon Again’ sets the tone for the record proper, a propulsive synth led track that is complemented by ‘I Can Change’ which features an unusually bruised sounding vocal leading an engaging strut through decidedly unfamiliar territory, almost calling to mind James Murphy’s soundtrack work for Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg. ‘Private Wars’ benefits from an understated contribution from Rachel Zeffira of Cats Eyes. By complete contrast, the bombastic ‘Where The Light Gets In’ features Sky Ferreira and is an engagingly over the top synth-pop track and fitting lead track for this record.  Were Chaosmosis an EP rather than an LP, it would be apt to hail this record as a return to truly vital form.

Regrettably the remainder of the record is nondescript at best, a re-tread of old ground in the main. ‘When the Blackout meets the Fallout’ is a throwaway XTRMNTR homage while ‘Golden Rope’ is a Rolling Stones homage of the kind we’ve heard many times before. It is admirable that thirty years into their career, Primal Scream continue to churn out records of any note, but it is nonetheless a shame that standards slipped for the latter half of this LP.

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