Evil Heat

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Nov 26, 2002

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Blender
    What could have been an awful mess is instead a glorious mess. [#12, p.151]
  2. The biggest detractor here is the band's lack of focus. The record is downright messy at times, even if the thick, murky quality does, in some instances, work to considerable effect.
  3. Q Magazine
    On the down side, it's a record that fails to keep pace. [Aug 2002, p.133]
  4. Thankfully, Kevin Shields puts together some great guitarscapes in Evil Heat -- maybe the best work he's done post Loveless. It's what saves this record, since Bobby Gillespie (as usual) tries to ruin some of these tracks with some pretty silly lyrics.
  5. Alternative Press
    Sadly, the electro-plated Evil Heat is neither evil nor particularly molten. [Jan 2003, p.99]
  6. Evil Heat lacks a coherent vision and sounds, if anything, like Xtrmntr's cast-offs.
  7. Urb
    While it misses the suicidal rush of imminent destruction, Evil Heat still sounds dangerously rash. [Jan 2003, p.76]
  8. As always, Primal Scream's sonics remain as thick as their hooks are slim.
  9. Magnet
    For all its attempts at hipster currency, Evil Heat reveals the needle-shaped creative hole where the drugs used to be. [#57, p.102]
  10. Bobby Gillespie and company come up short here.
  11. Evil Heat... feels suspiciously like XTRMNTR outtakes, which isn't half as bad as it sounds; there's a sense of cohesion to the proceedings, and nothing, wisely, sounds remotely like the gossamer bliss-takes of Screamadelica.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. KidA
    May 13, 2006
    Ooh baby, do it again, ooh baby, come on baby do it again Skull X, City, and Detroit are amazing Everything else is decent
  2. rexj
    Dec 10, 2002
    keep thinking it'll grow on me but its hard to get past the overall lack of puch. should have called it 'safty dance.' but i keep thinking it'll grow on me but its hard to get past the overall lack of puch. should have called it 'safty dance.' but i have a sincere feeling that they mean well. maybe next time... Full Review »
  3. Bruno
    Aug 18, 2002
    Another masterpiece! 'XTRMNTR' was great but these records ('Vanishing Point' & 'Evil Heat') set real benchmarks!