Psychocandy (studio album) by The Jesus And Mary Chain

Psychocandy
Psychocandy by The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year: 1985
Overall rank: 289th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 806 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 1985 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (37th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (289th)
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80/100 (from 806 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.9/100, a mean average of 78.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.

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90/100
From 10/05/2020 21:25
The album is built upon the clashing of the noise driven feedback that serve as the Foil or dichotomy to the beautiful soft spoken 60's inspired pop vocals. The beauty of this record is the dissonance and not the consonance. Noise and screaming feedback makes you uncomfortable and uneasy, then however the vocals bring a sense of comfort by being something you've heard a thousand times before, a simple singable pop melody. The record is highly connected with its successors, but it has the strength to stand on its own.
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From 09/10/2020 20:04
For some reason I can't help but think this sounds like The Beach Boys and The Velvet Underground mashed together. Great songs, though.
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95/100
From 01/10/2020 15:22
Grating, brutal and paving the way for shoegaze, its obvious that Psychocandy must've been pretty powerful at the time it was released (it still is). Every song is just filled with that noisy fuzz and feedback to the point where it gives me a headache. That said, each individual song is almost flawless, and - I gotta say - I love me that wall of noise so much I can't stop listening. Setting a benchmark for future bands (A Place to Bury Strangers essentially copied their early sound from this album), The Jesus and Mary Chain have an instant classic with this record. The only points docked are for lack of variability within the album - many songs sound similar/the same - but they are all phenomenal so....

Favorite tracks: Just Like Honey, The Living End, Taste the Floor, Never Understand, Sowing Seeds
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From 08/21/2019 20:48
this sound like velvet undergound of the 80s , love it
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70/100
From 11/26/2018 09:47
Headache inducing trebly racket? Maybe not that bad but certainly not for me. Sowing Seeds and The Hardest Walk are OK.
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From 10/28/2018 05:04
Songwriting-wise and vocal-wise they resemble Joy Division and Iggy Pop a lot, but then again: which post punk band at that time didn’t? They make noise rock like Joy Division wouldn’t dare and The Velvet Underground weren’t able to. And that’s worth something.

@JulianR: maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but I don’t think simplicity equates lacks of quality. “They just...” is something you can say about a lot of artists, even (especially) a lot of classics.
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From 02/12/2018 02:09
Worth the headache.
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From 10/24/2017 19:34
Its cool, but it gets really boring really fast. And on some of the songs it sounds like they play the song and then just overdub a ton of treble-y reverb.
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From 09/05/2017 09:37
This album is masterful in every way , for many years it sat comfortably as my all time favourite . I never tire of the feedback, the chaos , the quiet loud and giddy ride . Thank you Reid brothers, thank you young Bobby Gillespie for bringing this baby into the world
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From 08/22/2017 00:29
This record really paved the way for shoegaze as a genre, and the likes of MBV and Swirlies in the 90's.
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