On 1997’s Vanishing Point, Primal Scream were ill at ease with the world. They still are but XTRMNTR transforms the darkness into fury. Their most thrilling and inventive record since Screamadelica, it’s a combustion of political sloganeering, pressure-cooker punk (“Accelerator”), agit-techno (“Swastika Eyes (Jagz Kooner Mix)”), scuzzy hip-hop (“Pills”) and throbbing psychedelia (“Shoot Speed / Kill Light”). Amid all the aggression and uprising, electro ballad “Keep Your Dreams” reminds us there’s still beauty and optimism at the heart of the band.

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