I was born 10 years after the release of the Jesus and Mary Chain’s debut LP, Psychocandy, and entered a world already ripe with bands inspired by them. The group’s noisy, beautiful heroin-rock made an impression on even the sincerest of indie groups, like Death Cab for Cutie and the Shins. I first heard “Just Like Honey” thanks to the final scene of Lost in Translation. It’s catchy, but also raucous and nonlinear—like a bizarro love song. Psychocandy ebbs and flows in listener friendliness, but hidden behind the feedback, fuzz, and monotonous vocals are timeless melodies. Unfortunately, on the Jesus and Mary Chain’s new album, Damage and Joy, the moodiness is cleaner—it’s no longer a subversive reaction to youthful discontent, and instead sounds like dull crabbiness. EMMA BURKE
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