When I first heard this album it came off like a waking dream; and now 10 years later, it still manages to feel that way. Since its release, various fans and critics alike have likened Spiritualized front-man Jason ‘Spaceman’ Pierce to a modern day Brian Wilson in terms of the intricate songwriting layers and nuances employed in his work. And while they exist on vastly different planes, I must say I agree.
Just now while re-listening and reflecting, I was thinking how this is one of those albums in which I envy those who have yet to experience it; have yet to take in its charms. Ladies And Gentlemen has so much going on within it’s 70 minutes, that ten years later, it still sounds, if not ahead of it’s time, firmly in it.
Related: Spiritualized are set to embark on the Acoustic Mainlines tour in April, performing both the music of Spaceman 3 and Spiritualized accompanied by strings and gospel singers. Sadly, this tour is only in the UK (dammit, man!). If any of you reading in the UK attend next month, please give us a report here at the Drunkard L.A. home offices.
MP3: Spiritualized :: I Think I’m In Love
MP3: Spiritualized :: Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Video: Cameron Crowe fans may recall the filmmaker’s use of Spiritualized in this scene
Amazon: Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space