Rolling Stone - p.753 stars out of 5
-- "11 covers reveal the band's sense of humor....Feedback freaks will savor the nuclear noise pop."
Magnet - p.109
"THE POWER OF NEGATIVE THINKING is a weighty, absorbing, often hugely entertaining and occasionally thrilling curio. JAMC completists will love it..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1204 stars out of 5
-- "[I]t's thrilling and has lost little of the initial impact....An alternate take on 'Never Understand' obliterates with screeching feedback, howls and screams..."
Paste (magazine) (p.61) - "Acorss these 81 tracks, you get B-side demo versions of well-known Jesus and Mary Chain songs, excellent covers, acoustic renditions, alternate mixes and more. It's fascinating..."
Issued in 2008, this four-disc box set finds the Rhino label reverently presenting a slew of B-sides and rarities by the lauded Scottish noise-pop act the Jesus & Mary Chain. Proceeding in chronological order from 1983 to 1998, THE POWER OF NEGATIVE THINKING moves from the U.K. group's fierce, feedback-drenched early era (see the pounding squall of "Upside Down" and the rumbling "Just Out of Reach") to its more reflective later tunes (the jangly "Ghost of a Smile" and the gentle "Bleed Me"). The collection also features a number of previously unreleased tracks, including the formative demo "Up Too High" and the amped-up anthem "Walk and Crawl," making NEGATIVE THINKING absolutely essential for any dedicated JAMC fan.