Primal Scream, 'Beautiful Future' (WEA International)

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Beautiful Future
Critical Mass
Label: WEA International

by Matthew Perpetua

After 20 years of alternating between thrilling electronic experimentation and random Rolling Stones pastiches, Primal Scream take a pleasingly lightweight turn on their ninth album, embracing a breezy, effervescent '80s pop aesthetic (with production help from Bloc Party soundscaper Paul Epworth and Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John). Though singer Bobby Gillespie's lyrics are still rife with anti-establishment paranoia, songs such as "The Glory of Love" and the title track are colorful, catchy, and informed by a cautious optimism born of hard-earned perspective and a surprising maturity.

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