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Songs in a&E [Import]

Spiritualized Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (29 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Coop
  • ASIN: B0018LME2W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Limited special offer. Storming 2008 album ... their first in 5 years! Restless gospel-pop 'n' narcotic blues-rock from Jason Pierce and crew. Includes "Soul On Fire". Cameo by Rachel Korine, wife of "Gummo" director Harmony.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic 8 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Patchy? Who said 'patchy'? Hardly. I've only given this album one listen yet it's beauty is instant. It's a wonderful album. No white noise freak outs like on Ladies & Gentlemen, just pure harmony, soft instrumentation on most tracks....some more up tempo but not abrasively so. It has the feel of his acoustic mainlines shows from last year which were out of this world where joy can be found in the most sad heart ripped open lyrics and songs.

On the subject of harmony, whilst the album is 18 tracks long 6 of these are interludes called Harmony 1 thru to 6. Strange sounding instrumentals that I can only assume were the sounds Jason was talking of when he said the hospital machines were musical. Only a guess. I really like them.

At 51 mins its hardly over long so I really doubt whether anyone would say it is.

Anyways, it's a stunner. Can't wait to get an official copy of it.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 7 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
When I clocked that this album features no less than eighteen tracks, I sighed in anticipation of the tedious criticisms that this would inevitably reap: "Were this album a more succinct ten tracks or so it would have been a classic, but it appears unfocused and several tracks feel like unnecessary filler". Yeah yeah. I've not seen any reviews for this yet, but I'll wager that at least one reviewer will offer the above sentiments in their assessment. It's a tedious inevitability.

But...listening to this, I can sort of see where these (hypothetical) reviewers are coming from. Sort of. Almost. Whilst the album does not feel unbalanced or overlong (though containing 18 tracks it's only 51 minutes in total), some tracks are undoubtedly weaker. That's not to dismiss them as filler, however. These...inferior tracks can still create an impression. "Death Take Your Fiddle", for instance, is the most overtly disturbing song ever penned by Mr. Pierce, sampling, as it does, a respirator. It might just be me that finds the sounds of medicine so distressing, but I find that particular song to be a most uncomfortable listen.

The other "lesser tracks", "I Gotta Fire", and "Yeah Yeah" are simply too short. They're immediate and exciting like the best bits of Amazing Grace, but they fail to build upon their ideas and, as such, are wholly unfulfilling. They're not BAD songs, they're just not good enough...

Well, all of these "lesser tracks" appear during the first half of the album, which itself isn't short of merits. The opening duo of "Harmony 1" and "Sweet Talk" is gorgeous: Atmospheric, heartbreaking, huge...think "Broken Heart" or "Stop Your Crying". The single, too, "Soul on Fire", has a timeless quality about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritualized has spirit. 24 Dec 2008
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
A very interesting album, Songs In A&E had escaped my notice when it was released but I recently read very flattering things about this album when looking at the end-of-year editions of various music magazines, as it featured in many of their top 50 albums of the year lists.

The music at times sounds as if it's underwater; it's that sort of dreamy, muffled, slightly disorientating sound where you cannot hear it clearly and wonder if you or it are really quite all there.

It's dreamy and ethereal and makes you think and listen, and although it's soothing and relaxing, it at least kept me stimulated. My favourite track is Do It All Over Again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious return to form 2 July 2008
By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've never been one for the jazz themed white noise thrashouts so beloved of Mr Pierce, but always loved the droney cathedral rock of his earlier days (which I appreciate is just as unmusical to some ears - I absolutely love Pure Phase). Ladies and Gentlemen is undoubtedly his masterpiece (jazz themed white noise thrashouts notwithstanding), but why oh why did I not buy a second copy and keep the first fresh in its pill box?

Anyway, post L&G the work declined. Some decent stuff on Let it come down, but I didn't bother with Amazing Grace. This is a return to form. I agree wholeheartedly with the reviewer who said he might need a bit more inspiration when it comes to song titles, but the songs and music are back. I cannot stop listening to Death Take Your Fiddle and Baby I'm Just a Fool.

Not his best, but not far short.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional space music from great Spirits 2 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Faithful to their high quality musical standards another space rock record from Spiritualised. Just add this CD in your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but still great 30 Oct 2010
By The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are a fan you will probably love it. I would have liked to see a bit more originality though.
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