Psycho Candy Import, Original recording reissued
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metal bands. No worries, I liked many of them but could see
it was a formula, like any other, that was rapidly loosing
momentum. Even the indie scene, the life blood of college
radio, was somewhat tired. And then, bang, this gem appeared
and blew us all away. There was no Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and
Soundgarden. Instead, we had Sonic Youth and, now, Jesus and
Mary Chain. This album is phil spector's wall of sound meets
Scottish punk meets the beach boys. Within their wall of noise
are truly breathless melodies and haunting lyrics. If you
are serious about your music then this needs to be the one Jesus
and Mary Chain record you purchase. I'm pushing 40 now and still this record means as much as it did to me going on 20
years after its release. As a sign of the times, this was one
of the first CDs I purchased on the new format known as Compact
Disc. Buzz on.
It's really a breathtaking experience and there's a lot of subtlety, from what sounds like female backing vocals on track 1 to periodic breaks in the guitar squall which allow the bass to take the lead. Listen for the details and you'll be amazed.
A small ray of hope-- "Just Like Honey" has recently been featured in the movie "Lost in Translation" and on a Rhino box-set called "Left of the Dial" which is comprised of 1980s "college rock." JAMC has also been name-checked, although in an inappropriate comparison to Echo and the Bunnymen, in the film "High Fidelity." So maybe this disc will wind its way back into popular culture after all. One can only hope.
I think this kind of shows this band's, and this album's, power and influence, even if no one except me, my uncle (who's gotten me started on many good bands), and the guy at the movie theater have heard of them. The feedback and dreariness shone through the techno-pop haze of the eighties and what an impact it has made. As one critic stated, their sound is like a 'chainsaw in a hurricane.' Who knew that a sound like that could shine threw with such melody? It took me awhile to pick out that melody, to be fair, but now that I have picked it out, I absolutely love it. A more accurate description of the band would be The Beatles walking through a dark raincloud with a tv playing static in the background. Ambiguous metaphor? Listen to the album and you'll understand.
Their sound can go from the beautiful 'Just Like Honey' (which I first heard on the Lost In Translation soundtrack) to the screeching feedback of 'In A Hole,' the whole time carrying along their gloomy vocals. The best thing about Psychocandy? The fact that every song stands out from the rest with its own catchiness and all-around excellence. There really isn't a best song on the album, every one sticks out as pure genius.
This is a band with depth. Not many people could make a blaring wall of noise catchy but JAMC do, and that's what makes them great.
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Pretty Scottish boys surfing a wave of doom and gloom and enjoying every moment of it. The Jesus and Mary Chain's debut is a decadent alt-rock masterpiece of bubblegum pop- with... Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by socalbiga
It is hard to think of great bands that began from their first album with greatness. The Velvet Underground, The Beatles, The Clash, Dead Kennedys...any others? Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Matthew Davenport
I didn't go back through all 70 reviews, but I haven't seen one yet that really gets it right on this album's depth and relevance. Read morePublished on February 16, 2008 by Thurston
The first time I listened to this album I must say I was put off by some of the screeching feedback and distorted grinding guitar sound that dominates this album. Read morePublished on July 26, 2007 by I. Smith
Few albums ever released can match Psychocandy, and none can claim complete model. Any complaints over the CD's sound quality should be nixed--this is an album born and meant for... Read morePublished on April 22, 2007 by Jimmy Diamonds
I have had this CD for a number of years now. I saw this CD on a list of the 100 best rock albums. So, I bought. I listened to it once. I didn't like it. I put it away. Read morePublished on December 31, 2006 by D. Keeler
Psychocandy, in most of the critics' circles, is hailed as something of a classic. While it is excellent, it is not the JAMC's best album. Read morePublished on August 5, 2006 by Metron1971
This was a very important record to young nerds who bought the NME and Melody Maker back in the day. Read morePublished on May 30, 2006 by grimricho
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