Primal Scream - Vanishing Point - Albums - Reviews - Soundblab

Primal Scream - Vanishing Point

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2001-01-15

After 1994's Give Out But Don't Give Up, many critics wrote off Primal Scream as a drug-addled nostalgics, retreading lame rock clichés. Vanishing Point, while not a return to the sun-addled acid house fusion of Screamadelica was another voyage into the Scream's expansive mindscape. This time, however, the trip was bad. "Kowalski" heralded the album like a dark portent. Bobby Gillespie whispers bitter nothings over a distorted Krautrock groove that effortlessly melds Primal Scream's melting pot of influences--The Stooges, CanCan and Sun Ra. Vanishing Point seems propelled by demons, with the metallic funk of "If They Move, Kill 'Em" and "Stuka" providing dirty highlights--the latter threatening "If you play with fire, you're gonna get burned / some of my friends are gonna die young". It's not as essential as Screamadelica, but Vanishing Point finds Primal Scream at a terrifying and compelling depth. --Louis Pattison

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