Primal Scream – Chaosmosis

Album Review by Gary Kaill | 02 Mar 2016
  • Primal Scream – Chaosmosis
Album title: Chaosmosis
Artist: Primal Scream
Label: First International
Release date: 18 Mar

With its ersatz zeitgeisty commentary, the mish-mash title is, of course, a nightmare. Judge this one not by its cover but by electric lead single Where the Light Gets In: a barrage of neon club pop lit up by the astute addition of Sky Ferreira. At least half of Chaosmosis matches its vitality; the only real stinker is opener Trippin' On Your Love, a happy-clappy rave generation anthem even The Shamen might have passed on. But the highlights here are as good as anything Bobby Gillespie and co-writer Andrew Innes have fashioned since 2000's touchstone XTRMNTR.

The trim beats of (Feeling Like A) Demon Again; 100% Or Nothing with its monster, Motown-aping hook; the whispered devotional I Can Change: all favour songcraft over attitude as the Scream head towards their golden years with their dignity ever intact. Should the live set ever, um, struggle for a couple of roof-raising biggies, there are options here.

Playing Glasgow O2 ABC on 30 Mar and Manchester Albert Hall on 1 Apr