Let It Come Down [Limited Edition]

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Back in the earliest days of rock 'n' roll, people like Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard struggled with an internal battle between total sensual pleasure and thoughts of the Man Upstairs -- a tug-of-war that's captured in stunning detail on the long-awaited return of Spiritualized. Leader Jason Pierce has long done his best to harness the spiritual cleansing aspects of sacred music and fuse them with the inner-mind explorations of pure psychedelia, and he's never been more successful than on Let It Come Down, Spiritualized's fourth studio album. With gospel choirs, dizzyingly flanged drums and guitars, and swelling strings, the disc's intensity matches Pierce's ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Back in the earliest days of rock 'n' roll, people like Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard struggled with an internal battle between total sensual pleasure and thoughts of the Man Upstairs -- a tug-of-war that's captured in stunning detail on the long-awaited return of Spiritualized. Leader Jason Pierce has long done his best to harness the spiritual cleansing aspects of sacred music and fuse them with the inner-mind explorations of pure psychedelia, and he's never been more successful than on Let It Come Down, Spiritualized's fourth studio album. With gospel choirs, dizzyingly flanged drums and guitars, and swelling strings, the disc's intensity matches Pierce's unashamed, unreconstructed hedonism, which he flaunts on the smirking, fuzztone-drenched garage-rocker "The Twelve Steps," where he challenges prohibitionists with lines like "The only time I'm drug and drink free is when I get my drugs and drink for free." But while there's certainly plenty of meaning to dig out from behind the wall of sound, it's just as sensually pleasing to bask in the spangled textures emanating from the tinkling pianos and snarling guitars of "On Fire" and "Just Do Something" and the lush percussion of "Do It All Over Again." The centerpiece, a ten-minute exploration called "You Won't Get to Heaven," brings together all of the above, with swelling orchestration that'd do Bacharach proud. There's almost too much going on here to absorb during one pass-through, but like an overflowing smorgasbord, it's impossible to resist diving right in.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Jason Pierce has never shied away from changes in pursuit of his artistic goals. He traded Spacemen 3's white-hot intensity for the gentler ebb and flow of Spiritualized, and took things a step further by firing the rest of the band after their greatest success, Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. Let It Come Down is another step in Pierce's difficult, single-minded creative path. To craft the album's epic sound, Pierce sang the melodies into a Dictaphone, translated them to piano, and then transposed them into orchestral arrangements. This painstaking process results in an album that is equal parts intimate confessions and ambitious soundscapes, yet, despite the lineup changes and its lengthy inception, Let It Come Down doesn't sound radically different from Spiritualized's previous albums, proving for once and all that Pierce is Spiritualized and Spiritualized is Pierce. Instead, it feels like a natural progression from the densely orchestrated space rock of the first three Spiritualized albums, especially on the bleak, bluesy "Out of Sight" and the plaintive "Don't Just Do Something." Sweeping, stratospheric string and brass sections dominate the album, with over 100 musicians surrounding Pierce's frail, desolate vocals on some songs. Indeed, the lushness of the arrangements sometimes overpowers the album's relatively straightforward songwriting, particularly on tracks like "Anything More." While country and gospel influences bring the beautiful "Do It All Over Again" and "Won't Get to Heaven (The State I'm In)" back down to earth, Let It Come Down's elaborate sound doesn't always make its songs particularly accessible. When Pierce dares to keep things relatively simple, as on the insistent, yearning "I Didn't Mean to Hurt You" and the finale, "Lord Can You Hear Me," the emotional impact is stunning; the rockers "On Fire" and "The Twelve Steps" also cut the album's scope down to size in a direct, gripping way. Let It Come Down is another masterfully made Spiritualized album, but its very ambitions sometimes overwhelm it. [The album was also released in a limited edition with a 3D plastic cover and a slight change of track order]
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Let It Come Down is another towering achievement -- both musically and emotionally…. Let It Come Down isn't the sound of a band touched by genius, it's the sound of one born with it. This is music as it's meant to be: raw, colossal and awe-inspiring. No wonder everything else just pales in comparison. James Oldham

Let It Come Down is another towering achievement -- both musically and emotionally…. Let It Come Down isn't the sound of a band touched by genius, it's the sound of one born with it. This is music as it's meant to be: raw, colossal and awe-inspiring. No wonder everything else just pales in comparison. James Oldham
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221469821
  • Catalog Number: 14698

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spiritualized Primary Artist
Chris Clark Piano
Wayne Hernandez Choir, Chorus
James Adams Trombone
Paul Archibald Trumpet
Roger Brenner Trombone
Andrew Busher Tenor (Vocal)
Roger Chase Viola
Andy Findon Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Contrabass Flute
Simon Grant Bass (Vocal)
Graham Lee Trombone
Ann Morfee Violin
Kate Musker Viola
Johnathan Rees Violin
Colin Sheen Trombone
Cathy Thompson Violin
John Coxon Guitar, Piano, farfisa organ, Juno, Fender Jaguar, Fender Telecaster, Vox Continental
Andrew Gray Tenor (Vocal)
Mary Scully Double Bass
Tony Pleeth Cello
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Jackie Shave Violin
Bruce White Viola
Martin Owen French Horn
Jason Pierce Banjo, Piano, farfisa organ, fender rhodes, Mini Moog, Epiphone, Fender Jaguar, Kurzweil K-2000, Vox Continental
Dave Heath Alto Flute, Bass Flute
Samantha Smith Choir, Chorus
David Fuest Bass Clarinet
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Andrew Crowley Trumpet
Peter Davies Trombone
Cathy Giles Cello
Philip Dukes Viola
Paul Gardham French Horn
Ian Humphries Violin
Gavin McNaughton Bassoon
Anthony Pike Clarinet
Michael Dore Bass (Vocal)
Nigel Short Tenor (Vocal)
Daniel Thomas Choir Director
Jane Marshall Cor anglais
Everton Nelson Violin
Mimi Parker Vocals
Rachelle Weston Alto (Vocal)
Miffy Hirsch Violin
Nigel Black French Horn
Jonathan Tunnell Cello
Jeremy Morris Violin
Hugh Seenan French Horn
Roger Argente Bass Trombone
Vernetta Meade Choir, Chorus
Wendi Rose Choir, Chorus
Carmen Smart Choir, Chorus
Richard Addison Clarinet
Chris Cowie Oboe
Sarah Eyden Soprano (Vocal)
Kevin Bales Drums
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Pete Whyman Clarinet, Saxophone
Michael Hext Trombone
Ray Dickaty Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ben Edwards Trumpet
Dave Temple Clarinet, Saxophone
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
John Coxon Producer, Contributor
Jason Pierce Arranger, Producer, Contributor, Sleeve Design
Mads Bjerke Engineer
Guy Massey Engineer
Don "DJ Snake" Brown Sculpture
J. Spaceman Composer
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