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Podcast Episode
Season
Eight
number
386
Type
Album Review
Post Date
6/5/2018

The Jesus And Mary Chain

386 Munki by The Jesus And Mary Chain

Munki

Label
Creation, Sub Pop
Release year
1998
Producer
Jim Reid, William Reid
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On the Jesus And Mary Chain's 1998 album Munki, is there a great album buried in an overlong and inconsistent seventy minutes of music?

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By the time William and Jim Reid of the Jesus And Mary Chain put out the 1998 album Munki, the band had been through several iterations. From the noise drenched simplicity of Psychocandy to the pulsing beats of Automatic and the lazy strums of Stoned and Dethroned, the brothers had covered plenty of musical territory while still maintaining the attitude and sound unique to the band. In what would be their last release together until 2017's Damage And Joy, they manage to revisit nearly every phase of the band, and even explore some new ideas. But at seventeen songs and seventy minutes, the sheer length of the album, especially with some ill-advised forays into overlong noodling and keyboard driven tracks, left us wondering if the lack of an outside voice (i.e. a producer with a surname other than Reid) would have shaped a more concise, cohesive and ultimately satisfying listen.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - I Love Rock'n'Roll
  • 11:46 - Degenerate
  • 16:14 - Moe Tucker
  • 20:37 - Perfume
  • 23:03 - Commercial
  • Outro - I Hate Rock'n'Roll

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