Upon first listen, you may be transported back to the '80s and the likes of BiGod 20 or Front 242, but, no, it's your favorite pop chameleons, Primal Scream. From their jangle-pop beginnings, to their baggy statements of 1991 to their Rolling Stones revival of Give Out But Don't Every Give Up to 2000's Exterminator, Bobby Gillespie and crew have always find a way to change with the times, and Evil Heat is no exception. Taking off where "Exterminator" left off, all driving techno rhythms and chanted vocals, first single "Miss Lucifer" definitely looks to the future. With the success of electro-clash artists Fischerspooner and the new wave of new wave that is Omaha, NE's The Faint, the seed was sewn for The Scream to record an album like this. The vibes continue on computerized numbers such as "Autobahn 66" and "Rise" or the Detroit-influenced "City" but Evil Heat is not solely electroclashy and noisy mayhem. Supermodel extraordinaire Kate Moss lends vocals to the cover of Lee Hazelwood's "Some Velvet Morning" just to mix it up. Regardless, pick up Evil Heat and prepare for long nights of grooving. Either that, or dressing up like Darth Vader and issuing ominous commands. One of the two.
JEREMY P. GOLDSTEIN