This is the fourth studio album from Spiritualized, a follow up to their 1997 release 'Ladies And Gentlemen... '. Written and arranged by Jason Pierce, it combines lo-fi guitars with a gospel choir and full orchestration, utilizing over 100 musicians throughout the album.
Spiritualized: Jason Pierce (vocals); John Coxon (guitar, keyboards); Doggen (guitar); Ray Dickaty (saxophone); Tim "Thighpaulsandra" Lewis (keyboards); Martin Shellard (bass); Kevin Bales (drums); Tom Edwards (percussion).
Recorded at Air Studios and Abbey Road Studio Two, London, England.
Spiritualized has never been a stable group. The mythology surrounding the progressive psychedelic band reads like a tabloid article--tales of drug abuse, mental distress, and inner-band turmoil are common themes. Sparking further controversy, frontman Jason Pierce fired his entire backing band prior to recording LET IT COME DOWN. Fortunately, the arguably hasty maneuver had little effect on the overall result. While there's more of an emphasis on straightforward pop songcraft than on space-rock excursions, the classic Spiritualized sound is still present.
Although the fourth full-length Spiritualized outing has been billed as the "rehab" album, tunes like "The Twelve Steps" and "The Straight and the Narrow" suggest a man still engaged in a struggle with his narcotic demons. Sonically, LET IT COME DOWN delves further into Pierce's beloved gospel realm. Whereas earlier efforts toyed with R&B/gospel flavoring (mixed with lovely hypnotic rock), Pierce has apparently decided that this direction is now a primary focus. Many tracks feature backing vocals by choral singers, and song titles such as "Won't Get to Heaven (the State I'm In)" and "Lord Can You Hear Me" reinforce this religious motif. All in all, another fine release and welcome addition to an ever-growing Spiritualized catalog.
Shooting off from the Spacemen 3 in the early 1990s, Spirtualized continued Jason "Spaceman" Pierce's exploration of modern psychedelia by combining drugged-out weirdness with classic British pop/rock moves and a healthy dose of sweeping space-rock. Their music is crafted on an epic scale and has incorporated everything from strings and choir to Dr. John's piano.
1. On Fire
2. Out Of Sight
3. Don't Just Do Something
4. Twelve Steps
5. Straight And The Narrow
6. Do It All Over Again
7. I Didn't Mean To Hurt You
8. Stop Your Cryin'
9. Anything More
10. Won't Get To Heaven (The State I'm In)
11. Lord Can You Hear Me