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Following the dissolution of Spacemen 3, Pete Kember (a.k.a. Sonic Boom) stuck with his original vision for minimalist psychedelia, while Jason Pierce (a.k.a. Jason Spaceman) expanded on the sound to create something huge and orchestral under the name Spiritualized. Building on Pierce’s contributions to Spacemen 3’s final album, Recurring, Lazer Guided Melodies debuted in 1992 to critical acclaim. “You Know It’s True” opens with Pierce whisper-singing over a blend of acoustic and electric guitars delicately picked under keyboardist Kate Radley’s vintage Vox organ tones. This bleeds into the strobe-light guitar delay of “If I Were with Her Now,” where layered horn arrangements and a string trio introduce Spiritualized's panoramic sound. Both “I Want You” and “Run” tap into The Velvet Underground’s penchant for turning sonic oscillations into rock ‘n’ roll (the latter referencing lyrics from J.J. Cale’s “They Call Me the Breeze”). Even though Spiritualized has since gone through numerous lineup changes, the album’s epic “Shine a Light” remains a live staple.

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Shoegaze Masterpiece

This epic album can comfortably be considered among the best ever within the shoegaze genre. It is at times haunting, hypnotic--and always compelling. Listen to it at the right time and in the right location--and it will take you on an unforgettable kaleidoscope-like musical trip to the deep recesses of Jason Pierce's creative genius mind. Although Ladies and Gentlemen was more commercially successful (but still brilliant), I generally consider LGM to be their defining album.

shine a light

shine a light is quite possibly the best song ever...without a doubt

Nothing else compares.

This album is what I think you will be listening to if you make it to heaven...


Formed: 1989 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed from the ashes of the trance-rockers Spacemen 3, singer/guitarist Jason Pierce's group Spiritualized did not break away from his prior band's trademark hypnotic minimalism; instead, they perfected it. Drawing on the continued influence of the Velvet Underground, La Monte Young, and Steve Reich, Spiritualized staked out a common ground between minimalism and lush symphonics -- while powered by simple, repetitious motifs, their songs simultaneously blossomed into rich, shimmering sonic panoramas...
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