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Lazer Guided Melodies


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  • Audio CD (May 22, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000E6R1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Know It's True
2. If I Were With Her Now
3. I Want You
4. Run
5. Smiles
6. Step into the Breeze
7. Symphony Race
8. Take Your Time
9. Shine a Light
10. Angel Sigh
11. Sway
12. 200 Bars

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The songs are beautiful, etheral and lush and the tunes are very musical and memorable.
stephen james
Lazer Guided Melodies is one of the few albums I can think of that just redefined all expectations for good music.
subpopstar
It is a strange feeling that I have never encountered before, just listen to the WHOLE album.
"bailla"

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The only Spiritualized album to live up to the name of the band. Which isn't to say that Jason's subsequent outings have not been good, but relative to this one they don't even get four stars from me. Lazer Guided Melodies is a sound unto itself, the pinacle of a genre whose antecedents are fictions you can only posit. To me Pure Phase and especially Ladies and Gentlemen are rooted too much in this world and are mastered by their influences more than they master them; they are overproduced and try to trick out emotions in the listener the way movies sometimes use soundtracks to do their work for them. LGM, on the other hand, is a masterpiece of economy and expression. All the sounds are perfectly placed in space, where silence and simplicity are as crucial as the more complex instrumentation. It is authentically emotional, making the listener a voyeur of sorts listening in on the thoughts and feelings of a man trying to articulate, with true-to-life imprecision, his thoughts and feelings to himself. The music is the emotion the lyrics attempt to describe. Beautiful. A must own.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By stephen james on April 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the last reviewer, this is indeed the greatest album ever made. After hundreds of listenings, it sounds as beautiful and fresh as the first time. Jason Pierce has created a major masterpiece here, and his influences are heard-Spacemen 3, Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground, Brian Wilson, etc.- but this album is truly original. He never drifts into excess, unlike many of his heroes. The songs are beautiful, etheral and lush and the tunes are very musical and memorable. Being something of an audiophile, I can tell you the recording is as close to perfect as any I've ever heard. The album is electronic but also very organic. The gorgeous strings and horns are integrated perfectly, not sounding like an afterthought or posturing.All of Spiritualized's albums are great, but this one is the pinnacle. I doubt Jason can ever top this. It's tough to follow up your masterpiece, particularly since it was his debut. If you remember Jason from his Spacemen 3 days, and you weren't too enthralled with Spacemen 3, don't worry. Spacemen 3 only hinted at the talent that Spiritualized exhibit. Do your self a huge favor. Buy the CD today. If you are a fan of "art rock", "prog" or "space rock" or just good music, you won't be dissapointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graveyard Poet on November 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Jason Pierce (a.k.a. the Spaceman) is an alchemist of the best sort--summoning sounds disparate yet similar in their scope and intensity, whether blues & gospel, psychedelic or electronic, the focus is on the core, the seed, beneath these layers of music: a cosmic drone which clears the mind and elevates the soul to a mystic, meditative state.

His earlier work in Spacemen 3 captured the original counterculture mantra of "taking drugs to make music to take drugs to" but it was, as the majority of music since the death of the '60s dream, stagnant in the quagmire of the splintered punk age. Even as Pierce and his partner Kember were resurrecting space music (or what the Germans called "kosmische musik"), they were still approaching it from jagged, fuzzy angles.

Pierce wanted to move the music further away from this miasma and deeper into an emotionally cathartic realm--he wanted to SPIRITUALIZE the music. No longer just "Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream..." but also "Dark was the night, cold was the ground."

He and his cohorts from Spacemen 3 stormed (or better yet swayed) out of the gate with their first single "Anyway That You Want Me", which fused their technicolor revision of garage rock with a wide screen orchestral spectrum. Pierce was redeveloping the Spector Wall-of-Sound in a new direction.

He would first showcase this new direction with the sorrowful yet sublime single "Feel So Sad." It was the lonely, yearning plea of the blues man now become the Spaceman. The epic electronic/orchestral textures soar into the stratosphere. It was no wonder the subtitle was "Rhapsodies." This was classical minimalism reinvented for the so-called age of modern rock.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By subpopstar on December 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lazer Guided Melodies is one of the few albums I can think of that just redefined all expectations for good music. While many people were aware of Jason Pierce's contributions to Spacemen 3, I don't know that many of us were prepared for the epic soundscape that became this album. It is grouped nicely into four suites (the original US CD printing - now out of print - had each track separate) that have an amazing flow. While the song structure really isn't tremendously complex, it's the sounds that are produced that are so amazing. Loops, riffs, patterns, and rhythms (or lack thereof) all combine to make something that can really send you on an aural trip. My personal favourites are 'If I Were With Her Now' (I'd give anything to hear this one live with its hammered dulcimer bit), Take Your Time, and 200 Bars (both with its stumbling from bar-to-bar imagery and because the song is exactly 200 musical bars long - intriguing!). Some people may prefer other Spiritualized albums over this one - and that's fine - but for me this one is to be treasured. A damn fine album!!
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