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Excellent original album, poor rerelease Dualdisc...,
This review is from: Psychocandy (Audio CD)
It's possible some people would include the Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy as one of the best alternative rock albums of the 80's. I remember at the time so many people thought they were the most exciting thing in punk rock, mostly for their stage shows where they refused to play to the audience and would often leave the stage after only 15 to 20 minutes. Forget the hype though, they were a noisy poppy rock band taking influence from the Velvet Underground.
This first album by the J&MC predates the buzzing noisy beautiful alt-rock of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless and Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. In retrospect, it is not a revolutionary step forward for rock, but was something different from what others in the punk and alternative scene were doing -- blending pop melodies with noisy droning guitar feedback and simplistic (but effective) drumming ala Mo Tucker in the VU. The songs are concise and catchy, but without the polish of the songs on their second album, Darklands. Some people prefer the rougher edges of Psychocandy.
The biggest drawback of this dualdisc release is that there is absolutely nothing special about the DVD side. The entire album is available again in stereo even though almost every DVD player can also play the CD audio side, which makes this a redundant/worthless feature. They should have done a 5.1 surround sound remix similar to the Talking Heads dualdisc rereleases! Also, the videos are the typical lousy band videos prevalent at the time, with the band members just moping about and pretending to play their instruments. Instead of printing the lyrics in the insert booklet, they are a DVD feature -- just what everybody really enjoys: turing on your TV to read text, again a waste...
So in final review, 5 stars for the edgy but poppy alt-rock that predates the Pixies, MBV, Smashing Pumpkins, et al, but 1 star for the lousy presentation and DVD features which averages out to 3 stars. Still, it was nice to finally replace my old cassette version of the album.
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Initial post: Dec 20, 2006 7:43:59 AM PST
Geoff McNulty says:
The lyrics <i>are</i> printed in the DualDisc-reissue's booklet, unless my copy is different from yours.
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