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Damage and Joy

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Damage and Joy

Seventh studio album from the Scottish alt rock legends and their first in 19 years

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  1. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The most rewarding Jesus And Mary Chain album since their prime. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Underscores the Mary Chain's strengths. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Damage and Joy is a good deal more than might be reasonably have been hoped for from a Mary Chain that is thankfully not growing old too gracefully
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Who would have thought that with their 60s approaching, the Scottish brothers William and Jim Reid would deliver the best album of their fractious career?
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    These constant provocateurs aren’t losing an icy distance just yet
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  6. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    The songwriting and playing here are more assured than their legendarily ramshackle live shows would lead one to believe
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  7. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The Jesus and Mary Chain are trapped in amber on Damage and Joy, untouched by the very different musical climate to the one they last sent an album out into. Good job, then, that it contains far more hits than misses
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  8. 7.4 |   Earbuddy

    Damage and Joy is a great reintroduction to The Jesus and Mary Chain. And if it’s your first experience with the band like mine, you may even want to seek out their past releases
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  9. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    A consolidation rather than a great leap forward
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  10. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    The fact that they've come back at all is a remarkable thing. But doing so with an album that lives up to expectations is all we could have asked from the Reids
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  11. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Full of fabulously morbid gems
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  12. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Predictably and delightfully dark
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  13. 7.0 |   Gig Soup

    Manages to be both nostalgic and refreshing, making it accessible to a diverse audience
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  14. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Damage and Joy heralds the dawning of a new era in its creators' colourful history, providing a worthwhile addition to a canon of musical eminence in the process
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  15. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Damage and Joy is a solid step towards believing in miracle
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  16. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    The Jesus and Mary Chain pick up where they left off, offering their usual mix of feedback-spiked rockers and stoned ballads
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  17. 6.2 |   Paste Magazine

    Any Mary Chain follower will be grateful to hear a new batch of downer-pop from the Brothers Reid just as they’ll be relieved at their ability to reconcile
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  18. 6.0 |   Q

    A little more derangement would have been welcome. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    A near-faultless return to form, even if some of these 'new' songs are actually over a decade old
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  20. 6.0 |   The Independent

    There’s not quite as intense a contrast between the sweetness of the melodies and the antagonistic howls of guitar feedback on this first album in 18 years
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  21. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    It’s a lot better than it might have been, but not quite as great as one might have hoped
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  22. 6.0 |   All Music

    It might make their fans happy, but for a band that claims to be dangerous and rebellious, it goes a long way towards reinforcing the fact that the JAMC are no longer either of those things
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  23. 6.0 |   NOW

    The mirror JAMC are holding up to the mainstream nowadays is less distorted, but still fully engaged in sharp and timeless songcraft
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  24. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Regularly good but rarely great
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  25. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    A keen reminder of what the Jesus and Mary Chain naturally possess that too many newer bands lack: a strong and inimitable personality
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  26. 6.0 |   The FT

    Revives the chunky alt-rock chug and drawled Americanisms of the Scottish fraternal duo’s 1990s work
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  27. 6.0 |   The Observer

    If Damage and Joy isn’t quite the echo of their pomp, neither is it a disappointment
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  28. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Everything proceeds much too predictably and with far too much caution and restraint
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  29. 5.0 |   music OMH

    For a 19-year wait, this is a mild payoff indeed
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  30. 4.0 |   State

    There’s some nice lead guitar work on some of the tracks, the occasional decent melody but on the whole, it’s pretty turgid stuff
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  31. 2.0 |   The Music

    One giant cringe. Don't remember them this way
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