Primal Scream – Chaosmosis Review

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Scottish rock band Primal Scream have released their 11th album titled ‘Chaosmosis’. The band was formed in 1982 in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie and Jim Beattie, however the band now consists of Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes, Martin Duffy, Simone Butler, and Darrin Mooney. Since this is their 11th album, Primal Scream already know who they are and what they like. It seems as though for this album, they are displaying their talents, and perfecting their musical arrangement skills. ‘Chaosmosis’ is a very well put together album, with one or two shining examples.

The album begins with ‘Trippin’ On Your Love’, a cleverly titled track with lots of percussion and a psychedelic vibe. This opening is a fun, upbeat way to start the album. Next is ‘(Feeling Like A) Demon Again’, which starts off with a playful electronic tune. This is contrasted with the monotone sullen vocals, which picks up in the chorus, turning out to be a cool alternative track. It also has excellent use of the keyboard to compliment the tone of the song. ‘I Can Change’ is the third track, which starts off as a slow electronic track. The song builds, adding different layers to create a complex sounding track with high pitched vocals. As the song goes on, the vocals become more and more stressed, which gives an excellent effect. ‘100% Or Nothing’ is next, which begins with quiet guitar. Suddenly you hear a big bang of the drums and the song comes into full swing, which fits well with the title of the song. This track faintly resembles a modernised power ballad, which Primal Scream pull off very well. ‘Private Wars’ is a guitar prominent track, which makes it sound quite folksy. The female vocalist provides a pleasant accompaniment to the chilled out sounds of the song. This isn’t one of my favourites but is still a decent track.

The next song is ‘Where The Light Gets In’, an alternative rock track with an 80’s vibe to it. Primal Scream mixed rock and electronica to make an enjoyable combination. ‘When The Blackout Meets The Fallout’ is more of a dark sounding track. The electronic sounds are melded with vocals edging closer to screams as the song continues. This is a very energetic track which stands out from the rest of the album. ‘Carnival Of Fools’ opens to simple electronic tune reminiscent of 90’s video games, which continues throughout the track. This is met with high pitched vocal harmonies, making it quite a sweet track. ‘Golden Rope’ is next, which is a promising alt-rock song with uplifting backing vocals. Towards the end however, it becomes a little bit repetitive and too long to be as good as it could be. The final track is ‘Autumn In Paradise’, which mixes guitar, percussion and hints of electronica to create a solid track which rounds off the album well. ‘Autumn in Paradise’ really shows off the band’s talents in this track, as everything comes together smoothly.

Overall, this is a good effort for Primal Scream. Their talents are clearly shown in this album. They’ve been around long enough to know what they like and what their fans like, so I would say keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing what they have in store for us next.

Primal Scream – Chaosmosis = 8/10

Dionne Thompson

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