The Jesus and Mary Chain imploded following the recording of Munki, their last long player, 19 years ago. Reuniting in 2007 essentially as a touring outfit, tempestuous brothers Jim and William Reid have finally recorded a new album.
The Mary Chain’s signature distorted grit and texture is omnipresent, but Damage and Joy plays with a lighter heart, the tone decidedly more positive, and lacking the anger and venom of Munki. Produced by Youth (who also laid down bass on the album), Damage And Joy expands on the band’s unique sound and vocal style without significantly changing the formula. War On Peace, All Things Pass and Song For A Secret are standouts here, but any world with a new Mary Chain album in it isn’t a bad place to be.
Damage And Joy is out March 24 via Warner.