Riot City Blues (2006) Primal Scream have never made up their minds about whether they want to be political-minded techno-indie-funk futurists or the Rolling Stones circa 1972. Until now!… 2006-08-22 Primal Scream Rock
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Riot City Blues (2006)

JAGGER-ED EDGE Primal Scream have finally embraced their inner '72 Stones on Riot , a reason to jump for joy
JAGGER-ED EDGE Primal Scream have finally embraced their inner '72 Stones on Riot, a reason to jump for joy
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 22, 2006; Lead Performance: Primal Scream; Genre: Rock

Primal Scream have never made up their minds about whether they want to be political-minded techno-indie-funk futurists or the Rolling Stones circa 1972. Until now! Utterly lacking the experimentalist tendencies of, say, 1991's Screamadelica, the Brits' ninth studio album, Riot City Blues, sounds like a collection of Exile on Main Street outtakes — and often good ones at that. Country rocker ''Hell's Comin' Down'' is an excellent showcase for Bobby Gillespie's Scotland-via-Nashville drawl, while the harmonica-infused lament ''Sometimes I Feel So Lonely'' may be the most lachrymose moment of their career.

Originally posted Aug 18, 2006 Published in issue #893 Aug 25, 2006 Order article reprints