Let It Come Down [VINYL] Import
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Orchestra,choir & band come together for this stunning masterpiece.Published 4 months ago by SCREEN77
I don't know what all this "it's hardly Bob Dylan" crap is about, yes Spaceman's vocals are a weak point, but the arrangements are astounding. Read morePublished on 13 July 2014 by Bundykins
Track listing is in some strange Oriental script. Totally fake. Quality poor. Rip off.This is a poor copy being sold as the proper item. Avoid.Published on 15 May 2012 by tony66irish66
It's not the same as laser guided melodies but then it doesn't need to be.I have all the spiritualized albums and it's probably a toss up between these two as their... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2006 by I. James
Having been absolutely blown away by Laser Guided Melodies, which is their first record I believe, the desire to purchase every record they have released was overwhelming. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2004 by Mr. Aj Des Forges
"Let It Come Down" is different to the previous Spiritualized albums. If anything, it's the most mainstream - pleasant, hummable pop songs with lush string arrangements (with the... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2003 by Mike
Anyone who likes to be swept away by a wave of orchestral beauty and some of the best songs Spiritualized have made - then buy this! Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2003
I wanted to write a review a year ago, but was so afraid I would regret it and let the album grow. Suffice to say it still fails to grasp my imagination. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2002 by Mr Graeme J Marsh
An abysmal cacophony. It's all very well attempting a highly ambitious collage of guitars and orchestral arrangements, but there has to be something in the way of originality,... Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2002