We see plenty of these fancy deluxe box-set reissues, perhaps too many, but sometimes the lavish treatment is richly deserved, as in the case of Lift To Experience’s only album. The Texas-Jerusalem Crosswords is a strange and wonderful rock epic that you really need to hear. And if you already know and love it, the 2LP box-set also includes the band’s super-rare EP and Peel Session. Yeah!
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- BXSTUMM398 / LP box set on Mute. Includes the double album, plus the original Lift To Experience EP from 1997, the unreleased John Peel session from 2001 plus a download of the original version of the album
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I’d love to sit here and listen to ‘The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads’ back to front right now, but considering it takes about twenty days to listen to, I’d probably be fired for Norman malpractice. Back in 2001, Lift to Experience made alt-rock’s ultimate behemoth, a concept album about the second coming of Christ spread across several massively long tunes that culminate on the extra-massively long “Into the Storm”. Bludgeoning shoegaze and post-rock into a neater rock package unto which Josh T. Pearson preaches a landfill of spoken word, this record is a famous spine shiverer.
Pearson and the band took the record back to its original recording spot in Texas to mix it “the way it should’ve been originally”, though for most fans the experience will be the same: a record in which it feels as if Pearson is lifting off, reading from his own story, as the instrumentals repeat and swirl with a psychedelic-tinged transcendence. Lift to Experience were handy with drone rock, at this point, which you can hear in the huge endings of tunes like opener “Just As Was Told”. But what I love most about this record is its melodicism, their use of emotive riffs and progressions that’d almost be radio rock were it not for the content it was surrounded by -- “Falling From Cloud 9”, for instance, is utterly gorgeous, given an almost stadium shimmer but laid as bare as Buckley.
I never really managed to listen to ‘Texas-Jerusalem’ from start to finish after my first play through. It’s one of those records, I guess: not only is it a daunting commitment, but its experience probably isn’t going to strike you down the same way twice. Dipping into it now, though, I can hear the same elegant guitars on any song I pick, or the same mix of frenzied and reflective in Pearson’s voice (which must have influenced a broad spectrum of jaunty indie rock singers now -- Tim Darcy springs to mind). And if I’m lucky, I’ll land on a gorgeous chorus hook that somehow relates to the record’s endless tapestry of God. It’s still a wonderful record that feels as epic as it believes it is.
And I’m sorry to break the fourth wall here, but there are some Peel sessions on the double disc, if you want them.
7/10 Wario Argento Customer review, 14th February 2017
It sounds like Pavement for fed up of Steve Malkmus and kicked him out the band. Explosions in the Sky then came round the corner and said he can have a go at singing for them if he calms down a bit.
It didn't work out. Obviously.
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They're a shop
I'm staggered at the stuff they've got.
I wish I could go there
And make friends
But I can't until the restraining order ends.
Is that long enough? IS IT?
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