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Like the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the British group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback which served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine ... Read more in Amazon's Jesus & Mary Chain Store

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  • Audio CD (October 10, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American WB
  • ASIN: B000002LJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Here Comes Alice
2. Coast to Coast
3. Blues from a Gun
4. Between Planets
5. Uv Ray
6. Her Way of Praying
7. Head On
8. Take It
9. Halfway to Crazy
10. Gimme Hell
11. Drop
12. Sunray

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For me, JAMC have always been a singles / album tracks band.
Christopher Bushman
If you're a Pixies fan, then you've heard their cover of Automatic's 'Head On', which is arguably Jesus and Mary Chain's most well known song.
bryantb
Although its a fun listen, its rather formulaic and samey- most of the tracks blend into each other by the end.
Steve

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leaman G. Crews on December 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
AUTOMATIC has been unfairly dissed over the years as a "sellout," a "disaster" or, as the Spin Alternative Record Guide said in 1995, an "ordinary hard rock record."

If only your "ordinary hard rock" record sounded like this.

Yes, there are drum machines. But guess what, DARKLANDS had them, as did a bunch of JAMC albums in the future. On the one track here with live drums, "Gimme Hell," the drums sound exactly the same as on the other tracks. The brothers Reid were going for a specific sound, and they got it either through live drummers or not.

Lack of feedback? I invite you to listen to "Coast to Coast," "Blues From a Gun," "Between Planets," "Her Way of Praying," "Head On" or "Gimme Hell" at full blast and defend this opinion. No, it's not the proto-shoegazing feedback of PSYCHOCANDY, but even proper shoegaze bands dropped those tricks after their first record or two.

As always, the Reid brothers are amazing songwriters. It doesn't matter if they drape their songs with PSYCHOCANDY style feedback, DARKLANDS type gothness, or the grace and beauty of the mellow STONED AND DETHRONED. The genius of their songwriting shines through, and any true fan will tell you that AUTOMATIC is just as awesome as anything else the band did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coleen on July 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Of the 5 JAMC Dual Discs I bought, this one is probably the least essential, because the sound improvement was not quite as noticeable as it was on the other 4, and the videos are the most MTV-like (in other words, the least exciting) yet if you are a fan of the JAMC, it IS essential!! I certainly am KEEPING IT!!!

The sound IS an improvement - on BOTH the CD and DVD sides, and well worth buying!! I just do NOT understand why RHINO did not release the 1988 collection of singles and B-sides, BARBED WIRE KISSES!! It is a BIG HOLE in the Dual Disc collection, and they could have easily included it, with a video of Sidewalking and a bonus video of Some Candy Talking!! I hope they will consider releasing it!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Milesman on January 20, 2011
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Most of what they did before this was good in its way, but it was just working up to "Automatic", their masterpiece! This time they got everything right. Some of what they did after this was good too, but none of it ever measured up to the monstrous ass-kickers on "Automatic".

These are high-energy war dances that will quickly get you out of any blues or minor depression you may be experiencing. They might also make you want to learn to play the drums or guitar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greekfreak on March 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This turned out to be the first JAMC album I would buy, though it was certainly not the last. My older brother wore out LP copies of 'Barbed Wire Kisses', 'Darklands' and 'Psychocandy' claiming each album was better than the one before it.
So I picked up where he left off, just a whimsical purchase if there ever was one.
The crisp production did little harm to the album; 'How the Gods Kill', 'Raw Power', 'Never Mind the Bollocks' all sound like they should be blaring out of a convertible cruising somewhere down route 66. So does 'Automatic.' Although the drum machine detracts a little bit from the overall impact of the songs (for evidence, check out the "Sidewalking" cousin: "Gimme Hell", which utilizes live drums), they're still the most rockin' A-sides the brothers Reid would ever put out.
"Coast To Coast", "Blues From a Gun", "Between Planets", "Head On" and "Here Comes Alice" represent the true nature of the Chain, and are probably their most underrated tunes in a reasonably vast catalogue of fuzztone pop.
Pick it up and be amazed at your own discretion.....
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bushman VINE VOICE on May 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It is pretty funny to see this selling on Amazon for almost 20 bones. I vividly remember picking this and Disintegration by The Cure up used for about $5.50 each in probably 1991.

For me, JAMC have always been a singles / album tracks band. I have never loved any of their releases from start to finish but this recording has incredible tracks in spades:

Blues from a Gun, Between Planets, Head On, Halfway to Crazy. These are all perfectly constructed, riff-heavy, kickin' rockers that I cannot listen to without reaching for the volume knob. Fantastic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WalterDigsTunes on November 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Let the indie snobs soil their pants as they get off to 1985's Psychocandy. That was a fine album, a thing of disturbing beauty that could captivate or make you hurl due to the sheer amounts of feedback. Fine. Now, could we look at another Jesus & Mary Chain album and not compare it to their debut?

On this 1989 album, one can actually hear the band. The mountains of screeching feedback have been largely subdued. In addition, the sound now boats a wily drum machine and a synthesized bass. Some have said that this album sounds like the Jesus & Mary Chain backed by ZZ Top, circa 83-85. Personally, I'd say this sounds like covers of Beach Boys songs, with overdriven Clash-like guitar work stapled over mid-80s Pet Shop Boys beats. You know that's a winning combination.

The album itself is one amazingly consistent listen. Each song is as thrilling as the last. The vocal delivery is actually distinguishable under these production values, and the edge that they add to the sound is marvellous. For my money, there are no weak tracks throughout most of the album. The only track that seems out of place is the second to last one. "Drop" is a rather uncharacteristcally chilled song, with acoustic guitars and a lone synth going along with the vocals. Things pick up with the closer, "Sunray," with beats similar to PSB's "A Man Could Get Arrested" and a tinge of Psychocandy-esque feedback. Another fantastic album from 1989.

Highlights include: "UV Ray," "Coast to Coast"... ah, heck, all the tracks have the same great dynamics about them!

I'd suggest that, if you run into this album, you fork over the dough needed for you to get acquainted with this work. Just remember: ZZ Top J&MC & PSB all rolled into one.
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