Jesus and Mary Chain (The) - Psychocandy (+3DVD) (Music CD)

Release Date: 19 September 2011
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Arguably Psychocandy is an album with one trick and one trick alone -- Beach Boys melodies meet Velvet Underground feedback and beats, all cranked up to ten and beyond, along with plenty of echo. However, what a trick it is. Following up on the promise of the earliest singles, the Jesus and Mary Chain with Psychocandy arguably created a movement without meaning to, one that itself caused echoes in everything from bliss-out shoegaze to snotty Britpop and back again. The best tracks were without question those singles, anti-pop yet pure pop at the same time: "Just Like Honey," starting off like the Ronettes heard in a canyon and weirdly beautiful with its bells, "You Trip Me Up" and its slinking sense of cool, and most especially "Never Understand." Storming down like a rumble of bricks wrapped in cotton candy and getting more and more frenetic at the end, when there's nothing but howls and screaming noise, it's one hell of a track. However, at least in terms of sheer sonic violence and mayhem, most of the other cuts were pretty hard to beat, as sprawling, amped-up messes like "The Living End" (which later inspired both a band and a movie title) and "In a Hole." "My Little Underground" is actually the secret gem on the album, with a great snarling guitar start, an almost easygoing melody and a great stuttering chorus -- not quite the Who but not quite anything else. What the Reids sing about -- entirely interchangeable combinations regarding girls, sex, drugs, speed, and boredom in more or less equal measure -- is nothing compared to the perfectly disaffected way those sentiments are delivered. Bobby Gillespie's "hit the drums and then hit them again" style makes Moe Tucker seem like Neil Peart, but arguably in terms of sheer economy he doesn't need to do any more. ~ Ned Raggett
Release Date: 19 September 2011

1. Just Like Honey
2. The Living End
3. Taste the Floor
4. The Hardest Walk
5. Cut Dead
6. In a Hole
7. Taste of Cindy
8. Never Understand
9. Inside Me
10. Sowing Seeds
11. My Little Underground
12. You Trip Me Up
13. Something's Wrong
14. It's so Hard
15. Suck
16. Ambition
17. Just Out of Reach
18. Boyfriend's Dead
19. Head
20. Cracked
21. Upside Down
22. Vegetable Man
23. In a Hole
24. You Trip Me Up
25. Never Understand
26. Taste the Floor
27. The Living End
28. Inside Me
29. Just Like Honey
30. Some Candy Talking
31. Psychocandy
32. You Trip Me Up
33. Cut Dead
34. Up Too High (Demo)
35. Upside Down (Demo)
36. Never Understand (Demo)
37. Taste the Floor (Demo)
38. In a Hole (Demo)
39. Something's Wrong (Demo)
40. Just Like Honey (Demo)
41. The Living End
42. My Little Underground
43. Never Understand (Alternate Version)
44. Jesus Fuck (Outtake)
45. Never Understand (Video)
46. You Trip Me Up (Video)
47. Just Like Honey (Video)
48. In a Hole (Live on Old Grey Whistle Test)
49. Riot at North London Polytechnic: Interview and Live Clips
50. Interview on VRT, Belgium
51. Never Understand (Live on VRT, Belgium)
52. Just Like Honey (Live on The Tube)
53. Inside Me (Live on The Tube)


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