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on January 14, 2004
I honestly still don't know what to think about this yet. I've been listening to it non-stop since it hit the shelves and while trying not to compare it to past Spiritualized releases, I still can't grasp some of this. On one hand, there are phenominal songs on here ("Hold On", "Oh Baby", and "Lord Let it Rain on Me"), but then there's tracks where they hit the distortion pedal and try to emulate the sound they seemed to have abandoned since their previous efforts. I really don't know if the record fits right as a whole. It all just seems like a square peg trying to get jammed into a round hole sometimes. Don't get me wrong, I love everything J. Spaceman has given me, and I'm almost positive that in due time this record will settle and become yet another favorite of mine, but be warned, both loyal Spaceman fans and new listeners, this album is more of an acquired taste than a quick fix of ear candy. This is still probably better most of the horse dung that got released in 2003.
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on September 12, 2003
A much more stripped down sounding album by one of the best bands in the last twenty years. In Spaceman's case, this isn't necessarily a good thing. It's not a bad album by any means, but if you have ever heard Spiritualized and were expecting something like "Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space" or 2001's "Let it Come Down" you will be sadly disappointed. This album has a lot more songs more in the vein of tracks like "electricity", but without the emotion. It turns out that the things Jason Pierce does well are droning, drug-inspired, well layered, and over-produced sweeping epic sounds- all of which he abandoned on this album - and it shows. What we're left with is an eleven track album of seemingly demos and throw-aways. There are a few good moments on the album (Lord, Let it Rain Down on Me makes you realize how much you miss the "Spiritualized" sound), but for the most part it's an uncohesive disappointment. These tracks could be good live tracks, but on an album just fall short. If "Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space" is "The Godfather" then "Amazing Grace" is "Problem Child".
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on September 15, 2003
Comparing this CD with Spiritualized's more stellar releases will always fall short of expectations, but looking at 'Amazing Grace' as a seperate and distinct album is the point here. Their current effort combines the sonic jams of 'Ladies And Gentleman We're Floating And Space' and the gospel epiphanies of 'Let It Come Down'. In Jason Pierce's quest to find some divine enlightenment, Spiritualized seems to combine elements of their last 3 releases, blissed rockouts, heavenly choirs, and moodier introspective pieces. 'Amazing Grace' is more balanced than their last CD, generally a little more hardedged than spiritual catharsis, less overproduced with more direction. Some might find Pierce's search to find spiritual meaning in his music a tad formulaic and predictable. But instead of drawing inspiration from The Almighty with the last CD, perhaps the rock gods might be smiling this time around.
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on October 6, 2003
My initial assessment was that our beloved Spaceman had added his touch to a Whites Stripes version of a Pink Floyd album but without any drugs. Drugs make the music, well they did back in the day. Either that or we have a demo version of "Let It Come Down" on our hands, perhaps due to lack of a major record label funding a small army of extras. That is not a bad thing in itself. Change is always good but it takes more listens and a determined soul.
Whatever this record holds, Spiritualized is still an amazing live band.
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