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The band Spiritualized reinvents its “pharmaceutical” sound

In between and during the era of Oasis brit pop and Stone Roses-style Manchester psychedelia, perhaps the most subtle, ethereal, and elaborate band in orchestral arrangements has been Spiritualized. Led by guitarist J. Spaceman (pseudonym for Jason Pierce), they released a couple of excellent albums such as “Lazer Guided Melodies” before perfecting themselves in the adoption of ironic nomenclatures and packaging typical of the pharmaceutical laboratory industry, which began with his anthology “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating Space” -1 tablet of 70 minutes, reported the cover- that generated his successful passage into the new century with his “pharmacological” rock aesthetic recognized by fans from all over the planet. Escaping from that cold and cerebral “laboratory” format, Spiritualized took 6 years before releasing, in 2018, their homage to writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr “And Nothing Hurt”, a new recipe with higher doses of classic English rock in the style of by The Kinks. Along the same lines, in this brand new “Everything Was Beautiful” J. Spaceman synthesized an even more limited and synthetic formula. The cover shows the destruction of those medicine boxes of yesteryear, and the music is concentrated in 7 tracks without waste that reinvent their sound with more touches of R&B, gospel and direct glam rock, culminating in one of their climatic, extensive pharmaceutical symphonies, the brilliant “I’m Coming Home Again”.

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