Album review

Spiritualized

LET IT COME DOWN

BMG

As rumours of the forthcoming Spiritualized album suggest a rawer sound, it's a good time to revisit their last two gilded recordings. Ladies And Gentlemen (1997) remains the obvious touchstone, the point where Jason Pierce's ambitions to expand the sonic and emotional parameters of rock'n'roll—with free jazz, formal composition, gospel, voodoo blues—were most fully realised.

In most hands, such grandiosity would be folly. And, certainly, the dense orchestrations of Let It Come Down were sceptically received in 2001. Yet it sounds tremendous, as Pierce asserts his love of embellished classic song forms:Ray Charles' Modern Sounds In Country & Western Dion's Born To Be With You; Elvis' "American Trilogy".

Let's hope the new direction proves as satisfying.

Rating: 5 / 10


Newsletter


Editor's Letter

The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Very taken with Africa Express' version of "In C", by Terry Riley, this week. I have a few takes on the piece (50 years old this month, incidentally), the latest being one by Portishead's Adrian Utley from a couple of years back, though I still probably default to what I think is the original...