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THE MUSIC, REVIEWED! Spiritualized – Sweet Heart, Sweet Light (Fat Possum)

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So, many of the negative comments left on Lucy Cage’s incendiary review of the new Spiritualized album boil down to one common theme:

When are you going to actually review the album itself? What does the music sound like?

OK. You asked.

It sounds like Lou Reed, of course.

More specifically, it sounds like Lou Reed glossed up for the Contemporary Indie generation — “cute, smug, obvious, self-obsessed, eager to please”, as Scott Creney puts it.

14 Responses to THE MUSIC, REVIEWED! Spiritualized – Sweet Heart, Sweet Light (Fat Possum)

  1. Tim Footman April 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Has anyone actually read a review that tells you “what the music sounds like”? It’s all those bits in Revolution In The Head where MacDonald stops going on about drugs and politics and analyses key changes and middle eights and Lennon’s horizontality vs Macca’s verticality (or was it the other way round?) It’s applying the critical apparatus of classical music to rock ‘n’ roll and it’s actually all but incomprehensible to the 95% of people who don’t have decent grounding in musical theory.

    Unless they really mean the Q magazine version of “what the music sounds like” which is essentially “it sounds like U2 meets Oasis, which is very nice, 4 stars”.

  2. Everett True April 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Speaking as someone who’s currently lecturing in a university course that matches (classical) Musicology with (pop/rock) Cultural Theory, I can attest for this. One can be used in juxtaposition with the other to aid understanding but … uh… you kinda really do need to have that grounding to understand the first part.

    No. That’s not what folk mean when they say “tell me what the music sounds like”. Ninety-nine times out of a 100, what they actually mean is: “I like this band and I’d much rather if you did too”.

  3. NK April 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    “Oh, Everett True”…..I like the Slits and Bikini Kill like you…I like Spiritualized too…..

  4. peter April 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Oh come on… what Spiritualized sound like: duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh bing bing (x100) Lyrics: ‘I’m all messed up on bad pies and smack, hallelujah and jesus probably was too… ‘ (repeat)

  5. Princess Stomper April 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Wait, I just looked up on Youtube, and it’s clearly some new band or other. This new band don’t in any way resemble this band, because I used to quite like that band. Who is this new band and why aren’t the proper Spiritualized suing them?

  6. peter April 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    i just watched a youtube clip of them on irish tv – provokes a couple of thoughts: (1) Jason Pierce looks exactly the same as he did 20 years ago
    (2) Jason Pierce sounds exactly the same as he did 20 years ago.
    I quite like it, but then I could probably listen to ‘Sister Ray’ non-stop for 12 hours so there you go….

  7. eraser April 13, 2012 at 6:30 am

    “Speaking as someone who’s currently lecturing in a university course that matches (classical) Musicology with (pop/rock) Cultural Theory…”

    Still a self-promoting self-absorbed gobshite after all these years, hey Jerry?
    (Sorry, “Everett”)

  8. Bumface O'Hagan April 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

    There is no good or bad music, only music you like and music you don’t like.

    Why bother reading reviews? Use your own fucking ears.

  9. Everett True April 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Why bother reading reviews? Use your own fucking ears.

    Why bother listening to music, come to that. Use your own fucking imagination.

  10. Tim Footman April 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    “There is no good or bad music, only music you like and music you don’t like.”

    That sounds pretty sensible on the face of it, and it works in the short term, but without a context of informed, continuous critical evaluation (which necessarily involves disagreement) all creative development in all media would grind to a halt and we’d be listening to Adele and reading books about teenage vampires forever. And it would be your fault, Bumface.

  11. Steve Brule April 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I must say, this review comes off a bit cute, smug, obvious, self-obsessed, and eager to please. It’s actually quite pathetic.

  12. Chris April 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Sorry Jerry, but this is just troll troll trolling worthy of Mess and Noise. Come on, CB is BETTER than that!

    (by which I mean that the original review is not creating any legitimate debate, just a flame war to which you are expressing outrage).

  13. frank herbert April 20, 2012 at 6:37 am

    What a sassy britches

  14. Davis May 7, 2012 at 12:40 am

    “Speaking as someone who’s currently lecturing in a university course that matches (classical) Musicology with (pop/rock) Cultural Theory…”

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