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So, what IS good about 'Let It Come Down'? One of its main stengths is the sense of euphoria it generates in the listener in terms of both the lyrics and the music. While not quite being worthy of the Polyphonic Spree there is a playfulness and an apparent zest for life on display here (although, this being a Spiritualized record there are of course numerous references to narcotics and one gets the feeling that by zest for life one really means a zest for getting as wasted as possible). As for the music, it is unreservedly beautiful and the lush and complex orchestrations and arrangements, in essence, all but make the lyrics completely insignifcant. It is the music that makes this record the masterpiece it is (it is far more consistant and ultimately more more moving than 'Ladies and Gentlemen...'). In fact, one could imagine Sinatra singing something like 'Anything More', and really there is no bigger compliment.
Lyrically it is as brilliant as it's predecessor yet infinitely brighter, not so much hopeful as having found the hope. Where it differs greatly from Spiritualized's earlier work and marks a great step for rock music is its melding of a rock band and orchestra, seen throughout the album. For once they actually work together, guitars and strings, bass and horns... it all makes glorious heart wrenching sense.
Whether you've been exposed to Spiritualized before or not, give it a go. Your heart might just need it.
Standout tracks - Do It All Over Again, Stop Your Crying, Anything More, Won't Get To Heaven (the state I'm in)
Whether theirlast studio album, "Ladies & Gentlemen..." is their best remains to be said, in any case this is a marvellous album. This time there are no white noise or avant jazz breakdowns. On Let It Come Down, Jason Pierce presents himself as an excellent songwriter. Not that he hasn't shown it before, but when hearing tracks like The Straight & the Narrow, Stop Your Crying and Do It All Over Again, I wonder if these aren't his best songs to date.
Like Phil Spector, Jason Pierce manages to bring together a large symphonic sound, massive choirs, lyrical clichés, and manages to make it sound utterly fantastic, inspired and convincing.