Now Spinning: Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies
when you shine,
you know you take a massive part out of me.
A recent purchase and reissue, I got around to putting this one on tonight after a long day and was (and still am, after putting it back on for round two) reminded of what a classic album this is. Given that it’s been awhile since a Now Spinning post, it feels justified to talk about this masterpiece.
I’ll always associate the album version of ‘Shine A Light’ with coming home after a long hike one day back during my second year down in SD. The sun was setting down over the ocean, and I was spoiled enough to have a view of it from my dorm room. I sat down on my bed exhausted, and let the wave of sound rush over me. That track followed by ‘Angel Sigh’ is a ridiculous one-two punch. It was truly a priceless sonic moment…the only thing that could have made it better would have been if I owned the vinyl back then.
The reissue’s packing isn’t anything too amazing; though I do enjoy that instead of A/B/C/D side labeling, it is color coordinated with both the track list on the back of the package and the respective sides of the sleeves as well as each side’s inner sticker. Neat. It’s 45 RPM and sounds fantastic; the strums of the intro chord of ‘I Want You’ has never sounded as crisp to me as it did here, and the strings and bass on ‘Step Into The Breeze’ really shined through, for instance.
The sticker that came on the cellophane claims it is an album “to be listened to with headphones in a dark room” - and while I can respect (and have done) that, it really isn’t as dark as its successor, Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. That should not be mistakenly interpreted as Lazer Guided Melodies does not rival it in terms of a mental and physical drain it takes on me each listen, however. That said, digesting both of these albums all the way through from start to finish consistently yields a significantly more rewarding experience than in segments.
It does say one thing on the sticker that I unquestionably agree with though - “essential listening.” Get to it.