More Light - Primal Scream

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jun 17, 2013
    It is one of those odd Primal Scream albums where they pull it all together--roping in the hard rock, free jazz, club beats, flowery psychedelia, the worship of the Stooges, and a devotion to avant-garde cinema--building upon the past in an attempt to get closer to the future.
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    Throughout, Holmes maintains a steady hand on the controls, never letting the stylistic shifts overwhelm the overriding ambiance, which is to revel in sensuality of synapse-stroking while riding the pure physicality of a full-on dance/rock record.
  3. May 7, 2013
    Sure, few will love everything on here but the hubris, yet the sprawling mess that is More Light can’t help but impress.
  4. 70
    ["It's A;right, It's OK" is] Yet another foray into shameless retro pastiche, then, but it concludes this gloomy, ear-bashing album with a welcome blast of rousing optimism. [Jul 2013, p.90]
  5. 80
    More Light sees Primal Scream returning with a more exciting, adventurous outlook, no doubt fueled by re-teaming with DJ and producer, David Holmes, whom the group first worked with on parts of XTRMNTR.
  6. May 9, 2013
    The Britain of 2013 may be a place full of dread in Primal Scream’s world but that sense of anger has prompted them to deliver an extremely impressive return that’s brash, bold and often brilliant.
  7. May 8, 2013
    This might not be their finest work, but it’s the best thing they’ve made in at least a decade.
  8. Jun 18, 2013
    More Light is not only an all-encompassing trip that shows everything they're capable of, but also the best album they've made since 2000's XTRMNTR.
  9. Jul 17, 2013
    It's not an overall disaster, it's certainly never dull, and there's plenty to keep the loyalists happy. [No. 100, p.58]
  10. May 20, 2013
    It all amounts to Primal Scream's most satisfying album since Screamadelica, with something akin to maturity joining the still-vital urge to make transcendent noise. [Jun 2013, p.82]
  11. May 7, 2013
    As it develops, it shows off a new side to them once again, one which wants to make records which draw on their experience rather than trying to do something completely new, and that in itself puts More Light up their with their best.
  12. With the core ‘XTRMNTR’ team--the Scream, Shields, producer David Holmes--More Light, the Scream’s 10th album and first in five years, lives up to its bilious billing.
  13. Jun 3, 2013
    What starts out as inviting, quickly becomes a bit irritating and ends up overwhelmingly draining and drab if tackled all at once.
  14. Jun 13, 2013
    Frontman Bobby Gillespie’s lyrics still don’t sound as effortlessly cool as his breathy delivery (see Culturecide), but it feels like the band is back on the pulse of something.
  15. May 7, 2013
    The problem with More Light is the problem with any given Primal Scream record: too much variety. And the problem with that problem is it can also work for them as a strength. But on More Light, it can get hard to see any kind of cohesion beyond compilation.
  16. May 8, 2013
    With the Screamadelica nostalgia out of their systems, More Light primes the Scream for their fourth decade in the best possible way, serving as a summary of everything they’ve done before, yet sounding nothing like it.
  17. May 13, 2013
    More Light is not Primal Scream at their very best, but merely at their very good.
  18. May 13, 2013
    Primal Scream haven't sounded this vital in at least a decade. [Jun 2013, p.97]
  19. Jul 15, 2013
    More Light titrates psych rock, garage guitars and shaggy dance music, with Gillespie high on his own supply in a good way.
  20. Jun 18, 2013
    On More Light, the band exercises this need for reinvention while incorporating--and even emphasizing—the danger and despair inherent in its best work.
  21. May 10, 2013
    More Light is prosaic, but also proof that when you want to rally a new generation, it’s not Marcus Mumford you want holding the megaphone.
  22. May 9, 2013
    With its strong opening and ending, there's a distinct sag in the middle--More Light is a very long album--and Bobby Gillespie's lyrics still read like he's been playing with his urban apocalypse fridge magnets.
  23. 80
    More Light is Primal Scream's best effort in some time.
  24. It's seldom terrible. And seldom does much to persuade you that it wouldn't be a better idea to cut out the middle man and listen to Gillespie's old LPs instead.
  25. 50
    There’s too much telling and not enough showing across More Light‘s 70 minutes.
  26. May 13, 2013
    Thanks to a propensity for insurrectionary non sequiturs that are big on abstract nouns but shakier on sense. But this is still their most exhilarating album since 2000's superlative Xtrmntr.
  27. May 13, 2013
    More Light stands as one of Primal Scream's finest, most honest records, even if the ravens remain soundly roosting within the Tower's walls.
  28. May 7, 2013
    Not everything works, but somehow everything fits. [Jun 2013, p.66]
  29. Jun 13, 2013
    Fewer of the screechers and More Light would be just right: Screamadelica-lite. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.89]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 18, 2013
    The best of all Primal Scream's world. Sprawling, hazy, and enjoyable. It would be tough to brand Primal Scream and the same with this album.
    Perfect for launching the summer.
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  2. Jun 17, 2014
    In my opinion, Primal Scream's best album to date. Although long, this album rarely has low points. The opener "2013" is a perfect track along with many others on the album. Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2013
    Álbum notável e bastante ecléctico. Misturas de sons fantásticas. Álbum bastante inteligente e actual.
    Para mim um dos melhor álbum dos
    Primal Scream está ao mesmo nível dos primeiros.
    26 revisões com uma média de 78/100 para mim uma revisão falsa, este álbum vale muito mais que álbuns aqui cotados com mais de 85/100
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