Reissue of Spacemen 3's second album, which was a wide eyed clash of droning guitar fuzz, psychedelic avant-garage propulsion and heady atmosphere. The line up shift had given rise to an evolved sound, allowing for more space to breathe, casting those shimmering tremolos further out into the stratosphere.
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9/10 Andy L Customer review, 15th July 2013
I recently listened to 'The Perfect Prescription' for the first time in an eon. Quite apart from reminding me how badly I kept my records as a teenager, what impressed me was the sheer joy that seemed to emanate from the grooves. Building on the Stooges-recorded-on-a(nother)-dodgy-tape-player vibe of their debut, Messrs. Kember and Pierce slipped into a lock-groove of religious and drugged out bliss, dragging the listener along with them. Alongside the gentle waves of organ, the seductive, meandering guitar lines and the vicious waves of howling feedback (all of which retain their charms twenty five years on), the real surprise here is how they manage to reel out the rock and roll cliches without it all becoming thoroughly tiresome. All these years on, Spiritulized are still pulling the same old "I've taken lots of drugs to numb the pain and it feels so good, yet somehow really bad at the same time, oh Lord" shtick, so it's refreshing to return to a record where the drama and passion of the music manages to render all this somehow alluring and dangerous, rather than the repetitive twaddle that it would later become.
My personal favourites are the luxurious, portentous cover of Red Krayola's 'Transparent Radiation', with it's deceptively lulling, Laurie Anderson-esque strings, and the calm, rolling charm of 'Feel So Good', it's understated brass providing a template for everything else of worth that Jason Pierce ever did. However, in all truth, this album is one of a very small number that I have owned which are a joy to hear from start to finish, the kind of record that truly delivers what Pierce would later dub, music 'to treat the heart and soul'.
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