Recurring was the final album by Spacemen 3, originally released in 1991. The duo of Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce had pretty much stopped collaborating with each other before the album was recorded. This meant half the album was recorded by Kember and half by Pierce. The only track they both played on was the cover of Mudhoney’s When Tomorrow Hits. Kember went carried on making music under the Sonic Boom moniker whilst Pierce left to form Spiritualized. Features the classic, Big City.
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10/10 Boom 8th August 2014
The worst Spacemen 3 album? No way.
To deal with the obvious point first: yes, the key criticism that was made at the time and that has been made ever since is essentially true. This isn't a Spacemen 3 album except in name, it's two separate albums by two separate musicians who had already gone their separate ways.
To which I've always thought: so what? Without getting too Barthesian about this, a band is just a name and an album is what you make of it. It doesn't really matter that Sonic wrote 'Big City'. It does matter that it's a great song. It doesn't matter that Jason wrote 'Billy Whizz'. It does matter that it's a great song. And so on.
As an album I've loved for a very long time now it's a straight 10/10 for me on this one.
7/10 Joel 3rd August 2014
Okay, is this the worst Spacemen 3 album? Probably. Is it still worth hearing? I'd say so. The album is divided between two clear sides: first half of the album is handled by Sonic Boom while the latter half is done by J Spaceman of Spiritualized fame.
First half has some cool stuff but ends up kinda dragging towards the end, but have no fear, J Spaceman hurtles to the rescue with a bunch of excellent tracks on side B.
For fans of Spiritualized, Ghosts, Space and Pavement's Space Ghost theme.
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