More Light

Primal Scream - More Light
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2013 Ratings: #369 / 1039
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Based on 71 ratings
2013 Ratings: #239
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May 6, 2013 / Release Date
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First International / Label
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A.V. Club

On More Light, the band exercises this need for reinvention while incorporating—and even emphasizing—the danger and despair inherent in its best work.


More Light doesn’t get straight to the point like other Primal Scream records, mainly because, unlike several of their past efforts, it is much more multi-faceted.


As inventive and relevant as they’ve ever been, it’s an alarm call for a comatose nation being slowly drained of lifeblood. It’s exactly what 2013 needs: more fight.

Drowned in Sound

With Gillespie partly muted, experimentation back on the agenda, and a guru knob-twiddler at the helm, Primal Scream are back on form. This might not be their finest work, but it’s the best thing they’ve made in at least a decade. 


The Britain of 2013 may be a place full of dread in Primal Scream’s world but that sense of anger has prompted them to deliver an extremely impressive return that’s brash, bold and often brilliant.

Consequence of Sound

With blazing horn riffs on tracks like “2013” and “Invisible City”, moments of soulful rock, free jazz explosions, psychedelia and grooving rhythms, More Light is sure to please both long-time fans as well as attract new ones. 


More Light primes the Scream for their fourth decade in the best possible way, serving as a summary of everything they’ve done before, yet sounding nothing like it.

The Fly

‘More Light’ is prosaic, but also proof that when you want to rally a new generation, it’s not Marcus Mumford you want holding the megaphone.


This is quite something, and though Primal Scream is far from a perfect band, one thing remains with More Light: they’re still undeniably very, very cool. 

Under The Radar

Fewer of the screechers and More Light would be just right: Screamadelica-lite. 


The problem with More Light is the problem with any given Primal Scream record: too much variety. And the problem with that problem is it can also work for them as a strength. But on More Light, it can get hard to see any kind of cohesion beyond compilation.

No Ripcord

It’s the best Primal Scream album since XTRMNTR, though that would say more about how badly they’ve gone astray over the past thirteen years rather than the actual quality of this release.

Powerful, articulated and mature.
The spirit is alive and kicking.
Primal Scream's discography is as eclectic as it is irregular. Fortunately the high points are quite high: Screamadelica (1991), Vanishing Point (1997), XTRMNTR (2000) and the most recent one, More Light. The band sticks to its strengths: high doses of psychedelia, a combination of rock with electronics and politicized lyrics.
Highlights: "2013", "River of Pain", "Culturecide" and "It's Alright, It's Ok".
Fairly ujinspiring
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Year End Lists

#39/Rough Trade
#47/Under the Radar
#49/Q Magazine

Track List

  1. 2013
  2. River Of Pain
  3. Culturecide
  4. Hit Void
  5. Tenement Kid
  6. Invisible City
  7. Goodbye Johnny
  8. Sideman
  9. Elimination Blues
  10. Turn Each Other Inside Out
  11. Walking With The Beast
  12. Relativity
  13. It's Alright, It's Ok  
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Added on: February 18, 2013