Beautiful Future

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 60
    It’s too blunt, messy and reverent to be up there with their best, but you hope that it also serves a secondary function: to clear the decks for one last magnificent tilt at rock deification on album number ten.
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    Beautiful Future isn't quite as onsistent as it could be. [Aug 2008, p.138]
  3. Mojo
    60
    'Beautiful Summer's' spectral chamber rock and a take on Fleetwood Mac's 'Over & Over' prove there's life in the franchise just yet. [Aug 2008, p.103]
  4. Well, there is a lack of faults, sure, but there’s not a lot that grabs hard.
  5. It's worth reiterating that there's good music here: it's just that if you want to hear it you have endure being hectored by a man who gives every impression of being a thumping twit.
  6. Gillespie will definitely need it [a new Mamma Mia-loving audience] once long-time-Primals fans hear all the twee synth-tweaked frivolity and snappy handclaps where the sleazy, distorted rock ’n’ roll jams should’ve been.
  7. While eight years ago Primal Scream embraced a hard edge that blew our faces off, this limp electro-pop doesn't stand up against the likes of The Knife, who infuse their work with both an inventiveness and emotion that's sorely lacking here.
  8. This is just lazily done and disappointing considering it’s been marketed very well to appear mysterious.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. AnthonyL.
    Aug 23, 2008
    9
    okay so its not going to change the world but there's alot to like about this album. The guys still sound good.. and they know how to okay so its not going to change the world but there's alot to like about this album. The guys still sound good.. and they know how to have fun.. Something other bands who have been around for a long time tend to forget.. Very under-rated by snobby reviewers.. Let the people Speak!!! Full Review »
  2. AlexH.
    Aug 1, 2008
    8
    Not one of the best albums by the Scream (one of my all-time favorite bands), but a solid one nonetheless. They're poppier than usual Not one of the best albums by the Scream (one of my all-time favorite bands), but a solid one nonetheless. They're poppier than usual but 'pop' isn't a curse word for me. Highlights are: the title track, which in spite of its name and upbeat melody is just as bleak and dystopian as 'XTRMNTR'; the lead single 'Can't Go Back'; and the catchy 'Glory of Love' Full Review »