Jesus and Mary Chain (The) - Honey's Dead (+DVD)

Release Date: 26 September 2011
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Again working with Alan Moulder but now also using a live drummer on most tracks -- namely Monti from Curve, one of the Mary Chain's many descendants -- the Reids came back strong with Honey's Dead, on balance a more consistent and satisfying record than Automatic. There's a sense of greater creativity with the arrangements, while the balance between blasting static rampage and precise, almost clinical delivery is the finest yet, making the album as a whole the best straight-through listen since Psychocandy. Monti's drumming finally replaces Bobby Gillespie's properly; he's a much more talented musician than the Primal Scream overlord, using the warped funk hits familiar from Curve's work to the Mary Chain's advantage. Even the drum machine-driven cuts work better than before, especially the brilliant, coruscating opener, "Reverence." Burning with some of the best nails-on-chalkboard feedback the band had yet recorded, combined with a whipsmart sharp breakbeat, all it took was the finishing touch of Jim Reid's sneering lines like "I wanna die like Jesus Christ" to make it another stone-cold classic single from the band. Other winners include "Sugar Ray," with beats and melody so immediate and addictive the track was actually used for a beer commercial, of all things, and the steady slap and crunch of "Good for My Soul." If there's a danger in Honey's Dead, it's that the near bottomless pit of reworked melodies and lyrics had almost reached its end -- even the final track, "Frequency," combines both "Reverence" itself with the Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" -- which made the stylistic shift on Stoned & Dethroned a logical follow-up. William and Jim Reid split all the vocals almost evenly, the former especially shining on the nearly gentle "Almost Gold," the closest the record comes to a sweet ballad. ~ Ned Raggett
Release Date: 26 September 2011

1. Reverence
2. Teenage Lust
3. Far Gone and Out
4. Almost Gold
5. Sugar Ray
6. Tumbledown
7. Catchfire
8. Good For My Soul
9. Rollercoaster
10. I Can't Get Enough
11. Sundown
12. Frequency
13. Rollercoaster
14. Silverblade
15. Lowlife
16. Tower of Song
17. Far Gone and Out (Arc Weld Mix)
18. Teenage Lust (Desdemoana Mix)
19. Reverence (Radio Mix)
20. Heat
21. Guitarman
22. Why'd You Want Me
23. Sometimes
24. Teenage Lust (Acoustic Version)
25. Reverberation (Doubt)
26. Don't Come Down
27. Why'd You Want Me (Alternate Version)
28. Catchfire (Live)
29. Blues From a Gun (Live)
30. Head On (Live)
31. Reverence (Live)
32. Far Gone and Out (Live)
33. Halfway to Crazy (Live)
34. Frequency (Live)
35. Sidewalking (Live)
36. Mark Goodier Interview
37. Tommy Vance Interview
38. Rollercoaster (Video)
39. Reverence (Video)
40. Far Gone and Out (Video)
41. Almost Gold (Video)
42. Teenage Lust (Video)
43. Reverence (Live on The Word)
44. Far Gone and Out (Live on The Late Show)
45. Teenage Lust (Live at MTV Studios)
46. MTV Interview

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Catalogue No: EDSG8009