The Jesus And Mary Chain - Damage And Joy

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Damage And Joy is the seventh studio album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus And Mary Chain, released in March 2017 via Artifical Plastics Records.

Some bands pioneer a sound, set the tone, mould the template and then even with hundreds of disciples to follow, they’re never quite matched by their descendants. Obviously it’s a relatively short list, but it includes The Jesus And Mary Chain. These Scottish icons could rival any act for a consistently detached disdain. A recording career that started with fraudulently hijacking support slots and refusing to face the crowd seemingly ended with 1998’s ‘Munki’, an album recorded with William Reid and bandmates for one half and brother Jim and bandmates for the other. While the Gallaghers’ rivalry seems to hit a hiatus when Liam runs out of beer money, the Reids didn’t even meet up to make an album.

Initially expected to create an album after their 2007 reunion to play Coachella, The Jesus And Mary Chain finally chose 2017 as the time to unleash Damage And Joy. And by third track “All Things Pass” they’re firmly back in their grove with a 90s alternative slice of inescapably catchy, just-raw-enough-to-keep-the-scowl attitude. Shamelessly nostalgic and unreasonably good for a band that took on such a landmark songwriting hiatus, it’s just one of a few times during the album that they manage to produce something that could easily pass for a ‘greatest hit’ from 20 years prior.

Among cosy ballads with guests possessing achingly pretty voices, and up-tempo fuzzy stomps, Jim drapes his iconic snarl over William’s precise guitar lines and under varying waves of distortion and reverb. Lyrically, they maintain an easy vocabulary of honesty and whether in pure hedonism, or total desolation, each track finds itself communicating effortlessly.

For a band who made their name pushing the envelope, it’s fair to say Damage And Joy isn’t going to be rewriting expectations and reshaping opinions. This, however is a victory scored on appearance alone, having lurched from chaos to catastrophe to return at this level, without scars is something still out of the reach of most.

Their sound may have matured, and may be more accustomed to a laconic calmness, but Damage And Joy still burns with purpose and when it throws its punches it lands them with ease. It’s almost spectacular in itself to see two brothers who changed music change each other just enough to come together and truly cement their legacy, as if they never left.

Check out the tracks: “Amputation” and “Always Sad”.

This double album 2LP record set is on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in Europe.

(190296981616)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Amputation

3:24

A2

War On Peace

4:34

A3

All Things Pass

4:34

A4

Always Sad (Bernadette Denning – Vocals)

2:52

B1

Song For A Secret (Isobel Campbell – Vocals)

3:21

B2

The Two Of Us (Isobel Campbell – Vocals)

4:12

B3

Los Feliz (Blues And Greens (Linda Fox – Vocals)

4:52

C1

Mood Rider

4:04

C2

Presidici (Et Chapaquisitich)

3:36

C3

Get On Home

3:31

C4

Facing Up To The Facts

3:05

D1

Simian Split

4:14

D2

Black And Blues (Sky Ferreira – Vocals)

3:23

D3

Can’t Stop The Rock (Linda Fox – Vocals)

3:19

SKU 190296981616
Record Label Artificial Plastic Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number APR001LP
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 24 March 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 24 March 2017
Barcode # 190296981616
Shipping Weight 0.5400kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Black Paper Die-Cut Inner Sleeves
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Alternative Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Genre Psychedelic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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