19 years after their last full length effort, The Jesus and Mary Chain have come back at us with Damage and Joy. Although not the perfect 10s that are Stoned and Dethroned and Psychocandy, Damage and Joy still has the swagger that made us fall in l-u-v with early The Jesus and Mary Chain. The new album, out on ADA and Warner Music Group, delivers the amphetamine highs of Psychocandy and the hazed out lows of Stoned and Dethroned. The new album even brings similar vocal pairings of earlier albums to the table on the songs “Song for a Secret” and “The Two of Us” with former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell.
Although not at their peak, The Jesus and Mary Chain are certainly still worth checking out live, we can vouch. Seeing them a few years ago in Seattle is still one of the better shows of the last years. They’ll be supporting Damage and Joy with a lengthy tour and will be stopping at Huxley’s Neue Welt in Berlin on April 24th.