Sunday, May 10, 2009

859. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We're Floating in Space (1997)

Track Listing

1. Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space
2. Come together
3. I think I'm in love
4. All of my thoughts
5. Stay with me
6. Electricity
7. Home of the brave
8. The individual
9. Broken heart
10. No God only religion
11. Cool waves
12. Cop shoot cop...


So Spiritualized were a better band when they were called Spacemen 3. Still, as it happens, they had a lot more success as Spiritualized. Why? Beats me. But it is definitely slicker stuff. Which is more immediately appealing but not always amazing.

That said, this is not a bad album. There is plenty to enjoy here, from the Michael Nyman inspired Broken Heart to the Dr. John participation in the very long Cop Shoot Cop... That said much of the album goes by unnoticed or like The Individual is just annoying.

The spaceyness that is present in the title is spread throughout the album but not completely consistently. As it is the album is more often interesting than actually enjoyable with a few moments of brilliance spread around.

Track Highlights

1. Broken Heart
2. Cop Shoot Cop...
3. Come Together
4. I Think I'm In Love

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The title of the album is taken from the philosophical novel Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, the context being: "Only philosophers embark on this perilous expedition to the outermost reaches of language and existence. Some of them fall off, but others cling on desperately and yell at the people nestling deep in the snug softness, stuffing themselves with delicious food and drink. 'Ladies and Gentlemen,' they yell, 'we are floating in space!' But none of the people down there care."

Broken Heart:

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