The Rugby psychedelicists’ third album, released in 1989, takes their minimal sound to various extremes. Peter Kember aka Sonic Boom provides the harsh fuzz of single Revolution and the blissed-out pulsations of How Does It Feel?, and there are several examples of Jason Pierce’s proto-Spiritualized acid gospel anthems. The lengthy instrumental Suicide pays tribute to Alan Vega and Martin Rev with monomaniacal single-chord tunnel vision. Black vinyl reissue, or double CD featuring bonus tracks.

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Playing With Fire by Spacemen 3
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8/10 Richard 29th August 2018

This is probably the LP that really started to hint at what was to come in Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce's careers post Spacemen 3. You can very much hear the Spiritualized sound that Pierce was to develop further on his penned contributions 'Come Down Softly To My Soul', 'So Hot (Wash Away All Of My Tears)' and in particular 'Lord Can You Hear Me?'.

The Sonic Boom tracks also start to showcase the moves he would make with Spectrum, particularly in tracks such as 'Honey' and 'Let Me Down Gently'. But is it the dual penned track 'Suicide' that really elevates this record from 'good' to 'very good', and probably makes it the most all round satisfying Spacemen 3 LP out there.



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