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Primal Scream:: Beautiful Future (Album Review)

After hearing how Bobby Gillespie has largely forsaken guitars for ABBA’s marimba and piano on the latest Primal Scream album, the title Beautiful Future seems overly optimistic.

You definitely don’t need to see the credits to know that Björn Yttling of Peter Björn and John fame produced a large portion of these songs, because his signature sunny vibe and brain-burrowing hooks are painfully evident. Who knows? Yttling’s patented Swedish sweetening and a guest spot by Lovefoxx from CSS could help Primal Scream reach a new Mamma Mia-loving audience. Gillespie will definitely need it once long-time-Primals fans hear all the twee synth-tweaked frivolity and snappy handclaps where the sleazy, distorted rock ’n’ roll jams should’ve been.