• More News From Nowhere

    11 Jun 2008, 08:23 by amendelson

    Spiritualized "Songs In A&E"--Sometimes the exact right piece music comes to you at the exact right time, and I think that this is a case of that, as "Beyond" was for me this time last year. I actually think it's a better album than "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" (without anything quite as perfect as that album's title track) or even "Playing With Fire". The phrase "laser guided melodies" seems so apt to me--Jason Pierce's songs are composed and arranged with a surgical precision. What sets this album apart from previous efforts is the raggedness Pierce’s voice has taken on--it's a perfect contrast and compliment to the careful craft of his songwriting and production. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the album's unexpected and profound emotional tone was informed by Spaceman's brush with death. But most amazing thing, for me at least, is that I can not only relate to these songs, but actually match them to specific events in my life.