Let It Come Down - Spiritualized
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  • Summary: Over two years in the making, 'Let It Come Down' is the UK band's first album of new material in four years. It utilizes over 100 musicians (including an orchestra and choral singers), although the music was entirely written and arranged by guitarist Jason Pierce.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
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  1. 100
    Clever? Yes. Stupid? Possibly. Essential? Absolutely.
  2. You could get lost for days in the depths of these arrangements, and still find something moving and transcendental at every gilded turn. It's a towering achievement...
  3. 'Let It Come Down' is another towering achievement - both musically and emotionally.... This is music as it's meant to be: raw, colossal and awe-inspiring. No wonder everything else just pales in comparison.
  4. 80
    Let It Come Down, might well contain the most potent feel-good music he's yet crafted.
  5. As if its size alone weren't enough to set the album apart from his preceding Spiritualized outings, Pierce has removed all the sounds he thought were immediately identifiable as Spiritualized -- delay, phase, Telecaster, Farfisa -- and left the songs as largely orchestral numbers.
  6. Spiritualized's latest aural triumph... In truth, half of Let It Come Down is just sludgy crap, but the half of the chalice that's full truly runneth over into the realm of, um, the awe-inspiring. If not the sublime.
  7. 40
    Pierce's flimsy voice and material buckle under the weight of the Technicolor bombast on Let It Come Down. [Oct 2001, p.127]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. JonL
    Aug 21, 2006
    The best Spiritualized album, period. Bombastic, yes, but rather than crushing the confessional songwriting of Pierce, it transcends it, and the emotional impact is stunning. Too bad Amazing Grace couldn't live up to it... Expand
  2. Chris
    Nov 12, 2001
    Jason Spaceman is a genius. A natural progression from his earlier work.
  3. JacG.
    Nov 20, 2001
    Absolutely the best I have heard in years!!!!
  4. JamesT.
    Nov 19, 2001
    This cd close a perfect circle initiated with lazer guided melodies. From minimal to maximun overdrive. Pink Floyd meets Phillip Glass. Brian Wilson remixed by krautrockers. A gospel choir on acid. Brilliant. Expand
  5. ihtyandr
    Dec 12, 2002
    Number one album of the 2001 for russian poetic soul. haven & heaven for me. its really narcotic from pierce.
  6. MacM.
    Oct 8, 2002
    Drugged up, fucked up, broken up, loved up, busted up... Just stunning.
  7. Travis
    Jul 7, 2004
    i really just don't understand how it could have gone so damn wrong. there seem to be only two songs on this album - the rehashed versions of 'electricity', and downright boring dirges, cleaved in the middle by a merely passable exercise in free-jazz. it's horrible. the absolute worst spiritualized album. Expand

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