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Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce was recently labeled "the worst boss in Britain" by a major London magazine. No wonder. He has sacked virtually every lineup of Spiritualized since 1992, seemingly with the arrival of each new album. So Let It Come Down is essentially a solo affair, but you couldn't tell by its expansive sound. Incorporating a full orchestra, gospel choir, and crack team of extremely tolerant British rock musicians, like 1997's breakthrough Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space this has all the markings of a classic--from the heartbreaking choruses ("Stop Your Crying") and ramshackle rock workouts ("I Didn't Mean to Hurt You") to the rhapsodic lullabies ("You Won't Get too Heaven"). It is a record as unconventional and enlightening as a pair of other records helmed by egomaniacal psychedelic geniuses: Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Love's Forever Changes. --Jaan Uhelszki

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • ASIN: B00005OAIL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By cdominey@mediaone.net on October 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If there is a consistent theme that runs through the epic and sprawling musical universe that is Spiritualized, and frontman Jason Pierce in particular, it�s the never ending pursuit of redemption and bliss. Through three major albums and a majestic (official) live recording, Pierce has consistently blurred the lines between religion (a drug for some ), drugs (a religion for others) and love (a combination of both?). The result is an overall feeling of musical transcedence that, in a way, has become its own religion to a steadfastly loyal legion of followers.
But on their fourth major release LET IT COME DOWN � a Spiritualized album in name only, since Pierce sacked almost the entire band before its recording � the lines are less blurred. One look at the song titles (�The Straight and the Narrow,� �Won�t Get to Heaven,� �Lord Can You Hear Me?�), and you�ll see that Pierce is leaning heavily toward the religious themes and gospel sounds he explored on 1997�s LADIES AND GENTLEMAN WE ARE FLOATING IN SPACE. Much like George Harrison�s 1970 album ALL THINGS MUST PASS, LET IT COME DOWN is the sound of a rock star, suddenly alone, calling out to a spiritual source for redemption. But in Pierce�s case, the results are mixed.
Despite being heavily promoted as a lush, orchestral recording, much of LET IT COME DOWN is surprisingly straightforward, with Pierce�s thin voice much more in the forefront. Largely gone are the ambient synths, avant-garde jazz noodlings and white noise of past recordings. Where songs on previous albums flowed into one another in an organic, almost cinematic fashion, many of the new songs have self-contained pop structures, with little extra atmosphere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This being the first and only Spiritualized CD I own, I can't compare it with LAGWAFIS etc....all I know is after I listed to this album once, the reaction was 'wow'. To get a quick taste, check out 'Don't Just Do Something', 'Straight and the Narrow' or the single 'Stop Your Crying'...in my opinion, the best songs on the album. Here it is song by song....
On Fire - A nice little start to the album. Upbeat, but a little simple. The very first line alludes to Spaceman's previous and/or ongoing drug/alcohol addiction ('Lets see how high we can fly/before the sun melts the wax in our wings')...a theme throughout the album
Do It All Over Again - Again, upbeat and catchy, simple and fun
Don't Just Do Something - I love this song. Perhaps the best on the album. Combines serious and hilarious lyrics, ie. 'I could lay in bed/like my mama said/"don't just do something,sit around instead"'. Nice, rambling verses, and a complete change in the middle. The kind of song you stop what you're doing to listen to
Out of Sight - Pretty song, nice rhymes, definitely worth checking out
Twelve Steps - A lot of people hate this song, and i'm not one of them. Certainly not the best on the album, but a nice, grungy change in a generally soft album. The only 'rockin' song on the album, and a pretty good effort
Straight and the Narrow - Aaah, another beautiful song. Great lyric for the chorus: 'the trouble with the straight and the narrow/is its so thin i keep sliding off to the side/and the devil makes good use for these hands of mine'. Definitely puts the 'spiritual' in Spiritualized, but in a way pretty much anyone can relate to.
I Didn't Mean To Hurt You - Great first verse...unfortunately its basically repeated throughout the whole song.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on August 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm new to Spiritualized's music. "Let It Come Down" is my first Spiritualized cd. I bought it because for some odd reason I have been really curious to check out this particular album out. I got lucky this past weekend and found a copy of "Let It Come Down" in the used bins at my favorite record store. On the first listen, my initial reaction to this album was rather a negative attitude for the first couple of tracks but after a couple of listens I grew to love the entire album altogether. On immediate listen, I fell head over heels with "Don't Just Do Something", "The Straight and the Narrow", and "Stop Your Crying". Those three songs are the standout tracks on this album for me. The catchiness and melodies of the songs are tremendous. It took me awhile for "On Fire" and "The Twelve Steps" to grow on me, and sometimes great songs are like that, you don't like them initially but the more you listen to them, the more you like them. "The Twelve Steps" in particular sounds like something the highly overrated White Stripes and The Strokes with its garage rock sound. I couldn't help but notice that the entire album had a gospel vibe. I really dug it. Overall, I found "Let It Come Down" to be as good as I expected. I haven't been able to stop listening to it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Justin Levine on November 5, 2001
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Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space was an undeniable masterpiece...an amalgam of druggy white noise and space rock ladened with heart-breaking emotions from Jason Pierce. Well, after a four year hiatus without any new material, one of space rock's greatest bands is back and better than ever. The slight religious influences Spiritualized explored on LAGWAFIS have now been blown out of proportion on Let it Come Down. If LAGWAFIS lyric's had a strong attachment to drugs and heartbreak, Let it Come Down connects with religion and love. In short, the lyrics and instrumentations of Let it Come Down show Jason Pierce has recuperated from his heartbreak circa 1997 with Kate Radley.
Pierce, however, employs a different lyrical style unlike any style I've ever heard or read. Throughout the album, Pierce uses several themes and particular lyrics. For example, he has some sort of infatuation with the sunrise as exemplified in the bouncy "Do it All over Again" and bluesy epic "I Didn't Mean to Hurt You." Also, Pierce takes a liking to the theme of fire, as seen in the opening blazer "On Fire" and once again in "I Didn't Mean to Hurt You". I'ts interesting to see how Pierce connects these themes throughout the album, and the result adds more strength to the Pierce's lyrics and to the album as a whole.
Undeniably, Religion plays a giant part in the album. Both paganism and Christianity have their own roles in the album. Pierce alludes to the Greek mythology character Icarus in the opening track "On Fire" with his snarling dare to see "how high we can fly before the sun melts the wax on our wings." Although Pierce drops hints of paganism in the album, it is mostly dominated by Christian faith.
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