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Let It Come Down [VINYL] Import

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  • Vinyl (25 Sept. 2001)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg/Arista
  • ASIN: B00005O6K9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,684,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Jason Pierce rarely describes what his music is truly about, the music press ooh and ahh about it, but one thing is clear; if 'Ladies and Gentlemen...' was pain and the blues, then 'Let It Come Down' is healing for the soul. And it is a magnificent healing.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
I cannot begin to understand the antipathy shown towards this record by the reviewers on this page, only to suggest that maybe they are suffering from elitism (as spiritualized became ever more popular with this release). I appreciate some of the criticisms, namely that all the songs sound the same, but if this had been a problem surely none of us would have listened to any of Jason Pierce's songs after the first Spaceman 3 record. As for the lyrics being weak, well, firstly, Pierce has never shown any desire to emulate Bob Dylan in this department, and secondly, i think to level this at him is to misunderstand the wit and irony evident in his work.
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.
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By A Customer on 5 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
After 'Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space' masterpiece, Jason Pierce gives to the world another collection of majestic lush rock album and for consequence another step into the gallery of the geniuses of the modern music. Dense orchestral and choral sections using about 100 musicians resulting in the most song based album yet from Spiritualized which also makes the band one of the best of all time. Here in 'Let It Come Down' Pierce's influences are distilled into the complex arrangements creating a single identity that brings to the listener a complete sense of pleasure in each song even in the blistering 'The Twelve Steps', sweet 'The Straight And The Narrow' and intricate 'Out Of Sight'. Another glorious masterpiece recommended to all enthusiastics of good music.
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By A Customer on 5 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
After 'Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space' masterpiece, Jason Pierce gives to the world another collection of majestic lush rock album and for consequence another step into the gallery of the geniuses of the modern music. Dense orchestral and choral sections using about 100 musicians resulting in the most song based album yet from Spiritualized which also makes the band one of the best of all time. Here in 'Let It Come Down' Pierce's influences are distilled into the complex arrangements creating a single identity that brings to the listener a complete sense of pleasure in each song even in the blistering 'The Twelve Steps', sweet 'The Straight And The Narrow' and intricate 'Out Of Sight'. Another glorious masterpiece recommended to all enthusiastics of good music.
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Spiritualized may not bee productive, but few contemporary bands have managed to produce such a string of excellent albums.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
2001 is fast becoming a great year for albums. And just when you thought nothing else could make a dent in the already crammed annual critics' lists comes the latest LP from perhaps Britain's greatest songwriting enigma (and owner of messiest haircut), Jason Pierce.
Spiritualized have always taken pride on their ability to illustrate the world of inner space through sound. On their previous work, "Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space", inner space fused itself to an emotional catharsis. Now, with the demons exorcised and the slate wiped clean, we find ourselves in new territory...
And is it ever new. Gone is the sparseness of previous works, the mesmeric drone-rock of old, the experimentation and the element of surprise. What's presented inside this typically luscious box is a music that Pierce has never had to resort to before. For whatever reason, call it record company pressure or the fact that Spiritualized have never had to perform music dealing with positivity before, "Let It Come Down" is the sound of a tortured soul emerging from the depths, grinning from ear to ear.
Elements from previous records remain - the gospel choirs and orchestration of "Ladies And Gentlemen..." in all their grandiose splendour on "Don't Just Do Something" and current single "Stop Your Crying" being prime examples. But a lot has changed. Some undoubtedly for the worse - gone are the one-chord atmospherics of Pure Phaze and the dream-like symphonies evident on Lazer Guided Melodies. But look at the positives - Pierce is singing better than ever (you can actually understand what he's on about for a change, almost as if he wants you to hear his messages of redemption), the sound is full and awe-inspiring.
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