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  • Summary: Bobby Gillespie & co. expand on the harder-edged punk/electronica sound of their previous effort, 'Vanishing Point,' with their most violent effort to date, earning rave reviews in the process and perhaps matching the success of their classic 'Screamadelica.' Contributors here include DavidBobby Gillespie & co. expand on the harder-edged punk/electronica sound of their previous effort, 'Vanishing Point,' with their most violent effort to date, earning rave reviews in the process and perhaps matching the success of their classic 'Screamadelica.' Contributors here include David Holmes, Bernard Sumner, Kevin Shields and the Chemical Brothers. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. The most exciting album in years....as punishing and urgent as any music you've ever heard.
  2. 100
    The music sounds lean and direct, focused but exceedingly angry, like the band received a collective kick in the ass from some higher power.... The first masterpiece of the new millennium... [#26, p.46]
  3. The angriest, least compromised, most utterly justified pop record in years ?
  4. Primal Scream have always understood the power of a groove and a lyrical grenade. Their entire career reaches a melting point on the raw, caustic Exterminator.... The album has its shortcomings. "Keep Your Faith" and "Insect Royalty" dip a bit too much into the more sentimental song-based style of the last record, Vanishing Point, and "Swastika Eyes" needs no reprise. But the fighting spirit keeps Primal Scream ahead of the pack.
  5. This is a record that will certainly find its way into the clubs and on to "best of" lists as the year goes on.
  6. 80
    If there's one complaint about Exterminator, apart from Bobby's rubbish rapping on Pills, it's that much of it feels like reworked outtakes from Vanishing Point.
  7. The band continues to mine both the rock and dance worlds with a jagged gruffness that is simultaneously abrasive and catchy.... The end result, though pleasing at times, is ultimately disjointed and erratic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Taras
    Oct 27, 2002
    10
    Excellent! This album is truly a classic. It deserves to be up there with OK Computer in pushing the limits of the technology used in rock Excellent! This album is truly a classic. It deserves to be up there with OK Computer in pushing the limits of the technology used in rock music. I bought a couple of other Primal Scream albums after hearing this and they were rubbish. How can one group be so inconsistent?? Expand
  2. May 6, 2011
    10
    Having not heard screamadelica, I was unsure what to expect. Not only was I blown away but now I have a new found respect for acid houseHaving not heard screamadelica, I was unsure what to expect. Not only was I blown away but now I have a new found respect for acid house artists. I used to think the genre was pointless and had no future but now I get it Expand
  3. Filiopunk
    Feb 10, 2005
    10
    that' s fucking great!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. MoeT.
    Apr 2, 2008
    10
    The best rock album of 00's!
  5. WesM
    Jun 4, 2008
    10
    Got me into Primal Scream and electronica; even hippies like myself can enjoy -- all stellar.
  6. May 25, 2011
    9
    A truly phenomenal album. Unquestionably their best and a fine send off for the Creation label. This record blew away all the chaff that wasA truly phenomenal album. Unquestionably their best and a fine send off for the Creation label. This record blew away all the chaff that was left at the end of the nineties. This is as far removed from easy listening as is humanly possible! Stand out tracks are too numerous to mention but the baselines in the title track and Shoot Speed Kill Light show Mani at his best. An honestly incredible piece of work. Expand
  7. mICHAELsTERN
    May 8, 2002
    4
    This album is lame compared to other Primal Scream's releases. It is mostly loud, repetitious and unlistenable. If you can sit through This album is lame compared to other Primal Scream's releases. It is mostly loud, repetitious and unlistenable. If you can sit through the entire thing you should receive partial royalties. Expand

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