More Light (Primal Scream album)

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More Light
Studio album by Primal Scream
Released 13 May 2013 (2013-05-13)
Genre Alternative rock, psychedelic rock, experimental rock,[1][2] krautrock,[3] electronica
Length 68:28
Label Ignition Records
Producer David Holmes
Primal Scream chronology
Beautiful Future
(2008)
More Light
(2013)
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Singles from More Light
  1. "2013"
    Released: 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25)
  2. "It's Alright, It's OK"
    Released: 1 April 2013 (2013-04-01)
  3. "Invisible City"
    Released: 2 August 2013 (2013-08-02)

More Light is the tenth studio album by Scottish band Primal Scream, released on 13 May 2013. The single "It's Alright, It's OK" received airplay on national stations including BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music and Absolute Radio and on music channel MTV Rocks, whilst it has also been played on a number of smaller stations including 106.9FM WHCR and Kingstown Radio.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[7]
Mojo 4/5 stars[8]
NME 8/10[9]
Pitchfork 7.7/10[10]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[11]
Uncut 7/10[12]

More Light received highly positive reactions from critics, and is perhaps their most critically acclaimed album since XTRMNTR. On Metacritic, the album has a score of 77 out of 100, based on 29 reviews.[4] Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph gave a positive review of the album, describing it as "mesmerising" and containing "big, monstrous, mantra-like, psychedelic grooves". He went on to add More Light should do much to restore Primal Scream’s reputation as one of the country’s most creative and ambitious rock bands. The music is dense yet uplifting, creating its own tensions with Gillespie’s dark, stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Songs like 2013, Culturecide, Tenement Kid and Walking With The Beast convey an impression of a highly strung, heartfelt assault on the inequities of the modern world, before building to the euphoric gospel release of closing track "It’s Alright, It’s OK".[13]

Track listing[edit]

More Light
No. Title Length
1. "2013"   9:01
2. "River of Pain"   6:59
3. "Culturecide"   4:36
4. "Hit Void"   4:10
5. "Tenement Kid"   4:46
6. "Invisible City"   4:41
7. "Goodbye Johnny"   3:29
8. "Sideman"   3:54
9. "Elimination Blues"   5:47
10. "Turn Each Other Inside Out"   4:35
11. "Relativity"   7:29
12. "Walking With the Beast"   3:58
13. "It's Alright, It's OK"   5:09
Total length:
68:28
Extra Light
No. Title Length
1. "Nothing Is Real / Nothing Is Unreal"   5:07
2. "Requiem For The Russian Tea Rooms"   3:14
3. "Running Out Of Time"   2:37
4. "Worm Tamer"   5:37
5. "Theme From More Light"   2:29
6. "2013 (Weatherall Remix)"   8:20
Total length:
27:24

Personnel[edit]

Primal Scream
  • Bobby Gillespie - vocals, tambourine, handclaps, mellotron, electric piano, drums, percussion
  • Andrew Innes - electric, acoustic, and twelve-string guitars, bass guitar, six-string bass, keyboards, electric sitar, synthesizer, autoharp, dulcimer, drones
  • Martin Duffy - keyboards
  • Darrin Mooney - drums, percussion
Additional personnel
  • Fred Adams - trumpet
  • Marshall Allen - alto saxophone
  • Jay Bellerose - drums
  • Nicky Brown - vocal arrangements
  • Barrie Cadogan - guitar, backing vocals
  • Davey Chegwidden - drums, guiro, percussion, tom-toms
  • Keefus Cianca - bells, piano
  • Matthew Cooper - design
  • Rich Costey - mixing
  • Jason Falkner - bass guitar, six-string bass, guitar, synthesizer, engineer
  • Geo Gabriel - backing vocals
  • Michael Harris - engineering
  • Sharlene Hector - backing vocals
  • David Henderson - guitar
  • Max Heyes - engineering
  • David Holmes - engineering, producer
  • Jim Hunt - saxophone, flute
  • Eric Islip - engineering
  • Woody Jackson - engineering, guitar, orchestration
  • Sam Johnston - engineering
  • Chris Kasych - Pro-Tools
  • Jim Lambie - sleeve art
  • Brendan Lynch - production, engineering, mixing
  • David Meltzer - composer
  • Marco Nelson - bass guitar
  • Niall O'Brien - photography
  • Ladonna Harley Peters - background vocals
  • Lee Pierce - composer
  • Robert Plant - backing vocals
  • Noel Scott - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Kevin Shields - guitar
  • Todd Simon - trumpet
  • Paul Stanborough - engineering
  • Mark Stewart - backing vocals, whistle
  • Steve Tavaglione - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Danny Ray Thompson - baritone saxophone
  • Valente Torrez - engineering
  • Masa Tsuzki - engineering
  • The Unloved - backing vocals
  • Tracy Wannomae - alto saxophone

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Zap2it (2013-10-11). "Primal Scream: Bobby Gillespie talks 'More Light,' Kevin Shields, Andy Weatherall and touring while sober - Zap2it | News & Features". Blog.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Primal Scream - More Light". Uncut.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  4. ^ a b More Light at Metacritic Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (19 May 2013). "More Light - Primal Scream". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Comaratta, Len (Jun 17, 2013). "Album Review: Primal Scream - More Light". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved Jun 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Moores, J.R. (8 May 2013). "Primal Scream - More Light". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Joe. "Look on the bright side: Bobby Gillespie's men diagnose social ills in order to transcend them on 70-minute, double disc tenth LP.". Mojo (Bauer Media Group). June 2013 (235): 82. ISSN 1351-0193. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Beaumont, Mark (7 May 2013). "Primal Scream, 'More Light'". NME. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Berman, Stuart (8 May 2013). "Primal Scream: More Light | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Stanciu, Raul (12 May 2013). "Primal Scream, 'More Light'". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Thomson, Graeme. "Bobby & co run the gamut from cool to cringe on 10th LP.". Uncut (IPC Media). June 2013 (193): 66. ISSN 1368-0722. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ McCormick, Neil. "Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie interview: 'drugs put my life in chaos'". Retrieved 11 May 2013.