Automatic (The Jesus and Mary Chain album)

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Automatic
Jesus and Mary Chain Automatic.jpg
Studio album by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Released 9 October 1989
Recorded 1989, Sam Therapy, West London
Genre Alternative rock
Length 43:26
Label Blanco y Negro Records
Producer Jim Reid, William Reid
The Jesus and Mary Chain chronology
Barbed Wire Kisses
(1988)Barbed Wire Kisses1988
Automatic
(1989)
Honey's Dead
(1992)Honey's Dead1992
Singles from Automatic
  1. "Blues from a Gun"
    Released: September 1989
  2. "Head On"
    Released: November 1989

Automatic is the third album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. The group on this record is basically the core duo of brothers William and Jim Reid with a drum machine providing percussion and even a synthesizer filling in on bass guitar. The only other credited musician was Richard Thomas who joined the touring version of The Jesus and Mary Chain as a drummer. Thomas drummed on "Gimme Hell" and was a former member of Dif Juz. He also made appearances on Cocteau Twins' 1986 Victorialand LP and This Mortal Coil's 1986 Filigree & Shadow.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 4/5 stars[3]
Mojo 2/5 stars[4]
NME 8/10[5]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[8]
Select 5/5[9]
The Village Voice B−[10]

Although released to generally poor reviews at the time (with the aforementioned synthesized drums and bass being the biggest point of contention), Automatic contains their most successful single in America up to that point, "Head On" (later covered by Pixies). Critical and fan reception has improved with the passage of time. Pitchfork wrote in 2006: "Conventional wisdom wrongly calls (Automatic) the dud," of the JAMC's discography, but that in hindsight the album "feels like a career peak[6] and has been a fan favourite.

The last two tracks, "Drop" and "Sunray", do not appear on vinyl LP versions of the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jim Reid and William Reid.

LP (BYN 20), limited gatefold LP (BYN 20W) and cassette (BYNC 20)

Side 1

  1. "Here Comes Alice" – 3:53
  2. "Coast to Coast" – 4:13
  3. "Blues from a Gun" – 4:44
  4. "Between Planets" – 3:27
  5. "UV Ray" – 4:06

Side 2

  1. "Her Way of Praying" – 3:46
  2. "Head On" – 4:11
  3. "Take It" – 4:34
  4. "Halfway to Crazy" – 3:40
  5. "Gimme Hell" – 3:20
CD (BYNCD 20)
  1. "Here Comes Alice" – 3:53
  2. "Coast to Coast" – 4:13
  3. "Blues from a Gun" – 4:44
  4. "Between Planets" – 3:27
  5. "UV Ray" – 4:06
  6. "Her Way of Praying" – 3:46
  7. "Head On" – 4:11
  8. "Take It" – 4:34
  9. "Halfway to Crazy" – 3:40
  10. "Gimme Hell" – 3:20
  11. "Drop" – 1:58
  12. "Sunray" – 1:34

Personnel[edit]

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Additional personnel
  • Alan Moulderengineer
  • Jamie Harley – recording assistant
  • Lee Curle – recording assistant
  • Dick Meaney – mixing assistant
  • Richard Thomas – drums on "Gimme Hell"
  • Ryan Art – design
  • Steve Mitchell – photography
  • Andrew Catlin – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989–90) Position
Australian Albums Chart[11] 89
Swedish Albums Chart 42
UK Albums Chart 11
US Billboard 200 105

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Automatic – The Jesus and Mary Chain". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (7 December 1989). "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Automatic (Warner)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Cromelin, Richard (12 November 1989). "The Jesus and Mary Chain 'Automatic,' Warner Bros.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy / Darklands / Automatic". Mojo (153): 111. August 2006. 
  5. ^ Quantick, David (14 October 1989). "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Automatic". NME. 
  6. ^ a b Abebe, Nitsuh (4 August 2006). "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy / Darklands / Automatic / Honey's Dead / Stoned & Dethroned". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Automatic". Q (38). November 1989. 
  8. ^ Sisario, Ben (2004). "The Jesus and Mary Chain". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 429–30. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  9. ^ Manning, Sarra (April 1997). "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy / Darklands / Barbed Wire Kisses / Automatic / Honey's Dead / Stoned And Dethroned". Select (82): 112. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (6 February 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.