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  • Summary: Bobby Gillespie and co. follow 2000's widely acclaimed 'XTRMNTR' with a similar blend of Stooges-style rock and electronica, thanks to the production work of semi-official Primal Scream member Kevin Shields (formerly of My Bloody Valentine) and Andy Weatherall. Tracks include first singleBobby Gillespie and co. follow 2000's widely acclaimed 'XTRMNTR' with a similar blend of Stooges-style rock and electronica, thanks to the production work of semi-official Primal Scream member Kevin Shields (formerly of My Bloody Valentine) and Andy Weatherall. Tracks include first single "Miss Lucifer," "City," a remake of a Gillespie-sung track on David Holmes' most recent album, and "Some Velvet Morning," sung as a duet with supermodel Kate Moss. Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. No great leaps of faith, no huge style shifts, just more of what we've come to love them for. But a bit more laid back and, erm, druggy? If that's at all possible.
  2. A clear progression from 1997's broody 'Vanishing Point' and 2000's abrasive 'Xtrmntr', the seventh Primals album is genuinely their most diverse and consistently thrilling since 'Screamdelica'.
  3. Where Kraftwerk, MC5, and Miles Davis used to tempt them to excess, here the production unites their diverse influences, every track attacking the speakers like an angry lunatic thrashing against the walls of a poorly soundproofed room.
  4. 60
    While it misses the suicidal rush of imminent destruction, Evil Heat still sounds dangerously rash. [Jan 2003, p.76]
  5. 60
    What could have been an awful mess is instead a glorious mess. [#12, p.151]
  6. 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.
  7. "Miss Lucifer"... [is] the first of many tracks on Evil Heat that cross rock 'n' roll and electro, only to get Sigue Sigue Sputnik. [#223, p.61]

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  1. Bruno
    Aug 18, 2002
    10
    Another masterpiece! 'XTRMNTR' was great but these records ('Vanishing Point' & 'Evil Heat') set real benchmarks!
  2. ShaneC.
    Aug 16, 2002
    10
    From it's dark techno beginnings to it's soul charged end, the best album of the year. Respect to the greatest rock band of our From it's dark techno beginnings to it's soul charged end, the best album of the year. Respect to the greatest rock band of our time, origional and brave. Expand
  3. KidA
    May 13, 2006
    7
    Ooh baby, do it again, ooh baby, come on baby do it again Skull X, City, and Detroit are amazing Everything else is decent
  4. rexj
    Dec 10, 2002
    6
    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... Expand

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