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Think you know what to expect from Spiritualized by now? Well, you'd be right! Yup, the English band with the American spelling are back with a new platter of their ambitious indie-psych-pop-gospel-drug music packed with 11 cuts that sound just like Spiritualized. Actually, they're on a poppier trip with this outing than they've been on for a while, but there's still plenty of the wacked out drugginess you're thirsty for too. The album's first single 'Hey Jane' (not a Motorpsycho cover, sadly) opens up proceedings but has a whole long repetitive psych-kraut build-up passage tagged on which is all bright and gospelly towards the end and drags the piece out to a good nine minutes or so. That's followed by a downbeat early Bee Gees-ish bit of psych pop with sweeping strings. And then matters continue along this epic pop route for another eight songs. It's hardly upbeat (sample song titles: 'Get What You Deserve', 'Life is a Problem'...) but by their standards it's a positively optimistic-sounding record, there's some scrappy BJM vibes in places, less meandering defeated-sounding smack jams, more focused melodies...even though it's all unmistakeably following the Spiritualized sonic template there's a lightness of spirit that many of their previous records have struggled to muster, making for a breezy and laid-back experience more in tune with early psychedelic folkpop vibes of the '60s and drifting comfortably further from the maudlin self-indulgence that has muddied some of their other work. Hopefully this means Jason's been feeling better lately.
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