Always Sad - Single
After an 18-year hiatus, legendary (in the alt world) Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain are back with new music. Following the first single off their new album Damage and Joy (which is to be released later this month) "Amputation", a second single titled "Always Sad" was released just a month ago. I will admit that after an 18-year hiatus that this song is a little underwhelming, but it is by no means a bad song.
"Always Sad" sounds more akin to their previous efforts such as on Darklands or Stoned and Dethroned, just not as inspired. The songwriting is relatively simple, with lyrics such as "You ain't like those other guys / there's something different in your eyes". However, the production on the track is very smooth, and it sounds pretty modern for an older band. It gives off the vibe of newer alternative bands... even if I can't think of one at the moment.
This isn't groundbreaking for the band that released material as ambitios as Psychocandy or Darklands in their past, but it is extremely nice to welcome back a band as beloved as The Jesus and Mary Chain. I'm looking forward to their new album, which comes out on March 24th!