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on 4 March 2002
I bought this CD thinking it would be one of the most beautiful albums in my collection. I was very wrong. Upon listening to this album, I waited and waited for that chills-feeling you get when you hear a refrain or chord change that is truly beautiful. I waited, then I waited some more, and it never came. This album is interesting and innovative, and I've never heard anything like it. But it's far from beautiful, as all the reviews promise. It's 4-in-1 song structure is annoying, and forces you to listen to the entire album; the only band I've found that can achieve this without seeming pretentious and/or condescending is Godspeed You Black Emperor. Spiritualized managed to find a way to make music that isn't beautiful, nor does it rock you. It just kinda floats there, and serves no purpose. Maybe it's an aquired taste.
The songs all sound pretty much the same, and the stand out tracks are impossible to locate because of the way the album is put together. I don't have the patience to fast-foreword, so I forget that there ARE any stand out tracks.
When it comes down to it, I just don't see what all the fuss is about. Laser guided melodies just aren't my cup o' tea, and neither is this album.