Album Review: Spiritualized
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

While there is no denying it's adventurous and neat-sounding in the sonic sense, Spiritualized's latest LP fails to fully engage the emotional core. Where previous well-received records have been cool aesthetically AND wrenched the heart right out of our chest, the highs and lows of Jason Pierce's songs occasionally feel like plain yogurt, despite impeccable production values and an insufferably cool outer shell. It's as if the rotating core of Spiritualized has left the band's purpose a bit hollow, garnering a solid album of what sounds like a bunch of famous musicians writing songs as a fake band invented for some other narrative. That being said, it has its moments. It's an out of body experience-- that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it isn't always a good thing either.

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