Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

by Primal ScreamPrimal Scream


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Primal Scream found themselves in danger of losing their hip audience in the wake of their misconceived trad-rock record, Give Out But Don't Give Up. As a reaction, they returned to the genre-bending, electronic dance-rock of the seminal Screamadelica for Give Out's follow-up, Vanishing Point. Instead of recycling the dazzlingly bright neo-psychedelia of Screamadelica, Primal Scream reaches deep into cavernous dub and '60s pop. Vanishing Point is a dark, trippy album, filled with mind-bending rhythms and cinematic flourishes. The addition of former Stone Roses bassist Mani to the Scream gives their music an organically funky foundation that had been lacking. Over those rhythms are samples, reverbed guitars, and synthesizers that echo spy movies, Southern soul, and the Stones. Above anything else, Vanishing Point is about sound and groove. Words remain a weak point for Bobby Gillespie, who only manages cohesive lyrics on the swirling "Burning Wheel" and "Star," but that is a secondary concern, since Primal Scream is at its best when working the rhythms. Songs like "Kowalski" and, in particular, the extended instrumentals of "Get Duffy" and "Trainspotting" illustrate that the group is still capable of creating exotic, thoroughly entrancing sounds, which is what makes Vanishing Point a remarkable comeback.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/1997
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624655923
catalogNumber: 46559
Rank: 91000

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Primal Scream   Primary Artist
Bobby Gillespie   Vocals
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Andrew Love   Saxophone
Glen Matlock   Bass
Marco Nelson   Bass
Dinesh   Tabla
Mani   Bass
Robert Young   Guitar
Jim Hunt   Saxophone
Ian Dixon   Bass Clarinet
Duncan Mackay   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Primal Scream   Producer
Bobby Gillespie   Songwriter
Tim Holmes   Engineer
Brendan Lynch   Producer
Andrew Weatherall   Producer
Dinesh   Contributor
Max Hayes   Engineer
Lemmy Kilmister   Composer

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