Records - Sister Vanilla (2 stars)

Sister Vanilla

Little Pop Rock (Chemikal Underground)


As soon as the hallucino-vocals kick in, your ears will transport you a pair of decades back in time. The almost bored tones of little Linda Reid signal this first leg of The Jesus and Mary Chain reunion-of-sorts to be cemented when the band play California’s Coachella Festival at the end of April.

While Jim and William are considered to be simply helping out on this album, the Reid aesthetic has clearly been handed down, ensuring that this dozen-tune collection is buried under the weight of history. Being muddy, confused and out of tune are far from bad things (legends have been made out of this stuff), but this just sounds like a self-indulgent family gathering with no outsiders allowed.

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