Spiritualized, Grand Ole Party Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., Sept. 8, 8 p.m. 2008

Jason “Spaceman” Pierce arguably left the material plane for a few moments in 2005: hospitalized with a gruesome cellular infection and double pneumonia, he had to be revived in the ICU. It’s tempting to suggest that Pierce found inspiration for Spiritualized’s latest, Songs in A&E (Universal), on the Other Side, but the truth is he’d written most of the album before his brush with death and none of it is all that mind-blowing anyway. As he drifts further from the earthy, orgiastic trips of Spacemen 3 and deeper into his new band’s oceanic New Agey sway, I find he has less and less of a grip on me—at least when all I’ve got to go on is a CD. When I heard the new songs live at Pitchfork this summer, with gospel-style backup singers and desperate eruptions of guitar that seemed to chase the setting sun over the horizon, it was another story entirely—everything rocked in flawless alchemical unity. I think I finally properly understood the line “There’s a hurricane in my veins / And I wish I could stay here forever.” —Monica Kendrick

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