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Ladies and gentlemen you are listening to a masterpiece
on 23 March 2003
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.