The Jesus and Mary Chain

Almost Gold

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The Jesus & Mary Chain's 1992 Almost Gold EP contains the storming title track, which was taken from the band's comeback album of sorts (Honey's Dead) and is one of the album's highlights, plus three more songs. The acoustic version of "Teenage Lust," one of the weaker tracks on Honey's Dead, strips away most of the menace of the loud and nasty electric version and just leaves some creepy lyrics and one of Jim Reid's most lascivious vocals. "Reverberation (Doubt" is an electro-punk version of a 13th Floor Elevators song that pretty much steamrolls the melody but leaves some cool guitar effects in its place. It also sounds like they sampled the original. Either that or they did a spot-on job of re-creating the Elevators' unique guitar sound. "Don't Come Down" is a sweet-sounding (though the lyrics are as nasty as always) acoustic-based ballad that presages the band's next record, 1994's mostly acoustic Stoned & Dethroned. This was the third single off of Honey's Dead and the general weakness of the B-sides is reflective of that. For completists only.

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