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XTRMNTR (pronounced "Exterminator") is the sixth studio album by Scottish rock band Primal Scream. It was first released on 31 January 2000 in the United Kingdom by Creation Records and on 2 May 2000 in the United States by Astralwerks.[1] In a departure from their earlier, more hedonistic recordings, the band took a more political stance on the album, attacking government, police, and multinational corporations. Its sound is more aggressive and forceful than Primal Scream's previous output, with harsh, industrial sounds forming the basis for many of its songs. Although Gary Mounfield joined the band in 1997 and recorded a selection of tracks on their previous album Vanishing Point (1997), it marked the first time he shared songwriting credits with them, as well as his first full album since his time with The Stone Roses.

XTRMNTR
XTRMNTR album cover.jpg
Studio album by Primal Scream
Released 31 January 2000
Recorded 1997–99
Length 60:24
Label
Producer
Primal Scream chronology
Echo Dek
(1997)Echo Dek1997
XTRMNTR
(2000)
Evil Heat
(2002)Evil Heat2002
Singles from XTRMNTR
  1. "Swastika Eyes"
    Released: 15 November 1999
  2. "Kill All Hippies"
    Released: 20 March 2000
  3. "Accelerator"
    Released: 11 September 2000

The album is notable for being the final full-length release on Creation Records, with the track "Accelerator" later lifted to become the final single released on the label.

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic90/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Alternative Press4/5[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
The Guardian     [6]
The List     [7]
NME9/10[8]
Pitchfork8.1/10[9]
Q     [10]
Rolling Stone     [11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [12]

XTRMNTR was critically acclaimed upon release and is recognised as one of the two definitive Primal Scream albums – the other being Screamadelica. NME magazine (30 December 2000, p. 77) rated XTRMNTR #2 in its "Top 50 Albums Of The Year 2000", and later at the NME Carling Awards 2001, it won "Best Album" of the year. Uncut, like NME, named it at #2 on their list of the best albums of 2000.[13] The album has a Metacritic score of 90/100, indicating universal acclaim.[14]

Over the years, it has gathered more praise, including appearances on lists of the top albums of the 2000s: NME placed it at #3 of their top 50 albums of decade list[15] and Pitchfork placed it at #142 in its Top 200 Albums of the 2000's list.[16] Metacritic placed it at #20 of the 40 best reviewed albums released 2000-9.[17] In 2001, Q magazine named it as one of the "50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time".[18] Praising the production, Stylus Magazine included the album on their 2006 list of the "Top Ten Best Sounding Records, 1997–Present",[19] and later ranked the album at number 10 on their "Stylus Decade" list of the "Top 100 Albums of the 2000s".[20]

In October 2011, NME placed "Swastika Eyes" at #45 and "Accelerator" at #114 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[21][22] In 2014, they ranked "Shoot Speed/Kill Light" at #190 and "Accelerator" at #497 and in their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[23]

Referring to the 2013 update, the album ranks at number 160 in NME's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[24]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Primal Scream, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Kill All Hippies" (written by Primal Scream/M. Nelson/Discovery Productions Inc.)4:57
2."Accelerator"3:41
3."Exterminator"5:49
4."Swastika Eyes" (Jagz Kooner Mix)7:05
5."Pills"4:17
6."Blood Money"7:03
7."Keep Your Dreams" (Mani)5:24
8."Insect Royalty"3:35
9."MBV Arkestra (If They Move Kill 'Em)"6:41
10."Swastika Eyes" (Chemical Brothers Mix)6:33
11."Shoot Speed/Kill Light"5:19

NotesEdit

2009 Japan ReissueEdit

A two-CD edition of XTRMNTR was released as part of a deluxe series consisting of their fourth through eighth albums. The first disc includes original album with three bonus tracks; the second includes an additional five B-sides and remixes.[27]

Disc 1Edit

No.TitleLength
1."Kill All Hippies"4:57
2."Accelerator"3:41
3."Exterminator"5:49
4."Swastika Eyes (Jagz Kooner Mix)"7:05
5."Pills"4:17
6."Blood Money"7:03
7."Keep Your Dreams"5:24
8."Insect Royalty"3:35
9."MBV Arkestra (If They Move Kill 'Em)"6:41
10."Swastika Eyes (War Pigs) (Chemical Brothers Mix)"6:33
11."Shoot Speed/Kill Light"5:19
12."I'm 5 Years Ahead of My Time" (The Third Bardo cover)4:08
13."Swastika Eyes (Spectre Mix)"8:10
14."Swastika Eyes (David Holmes Mix)"6:01

Disc 2Edit

No.TitleLength
1."Kill All Hippies (Two Lone Swordsmen #2)"5:49
2."Exterminator (Massive Attack Remix)"5:10
3."Exterminator (Jagz Kooner Remix)"5:38
4."When The Kingdom Comes"4:22
5."Hammond Connection"3:40

PersonnelEdit

Primal ScreamEdit

GuestsEdit

ProductionEdit

  • Primal Scream – producing ("Kill All Hippies", "Accelerator", "Extermimator"), recording (all-tracks)
  • Brendan Lynch – producing ("Kill All Hippies", "Accelerator", "Exterminator", "Shoot Speed/Kill Light"), co-producing ("Kill All Hippies", "Exterminator"), recording ("Accelerator", "Exterminator", "Shoot Speed/Kill Light")
  • Kevin Shields – producing ("Shoot Speed/Kill Light"), mixing ("Accelerator", "MBV Arkestra (If They Move Kill 'Em)")
  • Adrian Maxwell Sherwood – recording ("Blood Money", "Keep Your Dreams")
  • Jagz Kooner – producing & mixing ("Swastika Eyes"), programming ("Keep Your Dreams")
  • David Holmes – producing ("Blood Money", "Keep Your Dreams"), co-producing ("Blood Money")
  • Hugo Nicolson – producing, co-producing, mixing ("Insect Royalty")
  • The Chemical Brothers – producing & mixing ("Swastika Eyes")
  • Tim Holmes – producing ("Shoot Speed/Kill Light")
  • Dan the Automator – producing & mixing ("Pills")
  • Andy Wilkinson – engineering ("Accelerator", "MBV Arkestra (If They Move Kill 'Em)")
  • Jon Weiner – engineering ("Blood Money")
  • Alan Branch – recording ("Blood Money", "Keep Your Dreams")

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Primal Scream: XTRMNTR". Alternative Press (142): 75. May 2000.
  5. ^ Weingarten, Marc (19 May 2000). "XTRMNTR". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  6. ^ Cox, Tom (21 January 2000). "The sound and the fury". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Robertson, Mark (20 January 2000). "Primal Scream: Exterminator (Creation)". The List (378): 42. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  8. ^ Cameron, Keith (25 January 2000). "Primal Scream – Exterminator". NME. Archived from the original on 29 February 2000. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  9. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (30 April 2000). "Primal Scream: XTRMNTR". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  10. ^ Maconie, Stuart (March 2000). "Primal Scream: XTRMNTR". Q (162): 110. Archived from the original on 20 November 2000. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  11. ^ Hendrickson, Matt (11 May 2000). "Primal Scream: Xtrmntr". Rolling Stone (840). Archived from the original on 2 May 2002. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  12. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Primal Scream". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 654. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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  15. ^ NME magazine staff (17 November 2009). "The Strokes' 'Is This It' tops NME albums of the decade list". NME. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  16. ^ Stuart Berman (29 September 2009). "STAFF LISTS: The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 150–101". Pitchfork. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  17. ^ Jason Dietz (15 December 2009). "Ten Years of Metacritic: The Best Music of the Decade". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  18. ^ Q magazine staff (July 2001). "Q 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time". Q magazine. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  19. ^ "Top Ten Best Sounding Records, 1997–Present – Staff Top 10 – Stylus Magazine". stylusmagazine.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  20. ^ "Acclaimed Music – Xtrmntr". acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  21. ^ NME.COM. "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years | NME.COM". nme.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  22. ^ NME.COM. "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years | NME.COM". nme.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Rocklist.net ... NME The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.. 2014". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  24. ^ "Rocklist.net ... NME: The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time : October 2013". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  25. ^ "Primal Scream's 'Kill All Hippies' sample of Labi Siffre's 'I Got The ...'". WhoSampled. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Primal Scream's 'Kill All Hippies' sample of Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft's 'Der Mussolini'". WhoSampled. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
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