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  • Summary: The four-disc collection of B-sides and rare recordings from the Scottish band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The Power of Negative Thinking isn't the whole JAMC story, but it's the whole story behind the scenes and A-side singles, and sometimes the B-sides. Even better.
  2. What's most surprising is the strength of the original B-sides, such as the shoegazed summer dream "Happy Place," girl group siphon "Suck," and bassist Ben Lurie's "Rocket," which could easily reside on any of JAMC's studio LPs and absolutely trump anything by the band's innumerable acolytes.
  3. Rarely does a track on this set demand skipping, and even the scant missteps are worth at least a few listens--like any great band, the JAMC lived and learned.
  4. These guys were rubbish as careerists, essentially banishing much of their stronger material to the depths. So think of The Power of Negative Thinking as the great unveiling.
  5. 80
    The Power Of Negative Thinking is a weighty, absorbing, often hugely entertaining and occasionally thrilling curio. JAMC completists will love it, but four CDs’ worth?
  6. 78
    Cool is a fleet-footed concept, and revisiting JAMC--particularly the new content--is a genuinely pleasant experience. [Fall 2008, p.105]
  7. Four discs of this kind of horseplay might be too much for casual fans, but feedback freaks will savor the nuclear noise pop.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. JohnS
    Nov 7, 2008
    The box set is the culmination to the power of negative thinking skills. Do not know the band yet? It is not the best option... it is so like throwing diamonds to pigs... Just for music "appreciators" General Public Performance not allowed. Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    As this is a collection of b-sides and rarities from JAMC it is probably not the best entry point if you want an introduction to the band, however for fans there are approx 80 tracks worth of JAMC fan service. Only recommended to fans of JAMC and people who enjoy noise/shoegaze music. Expand