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Spiritualized are live... but hardly kicking.


SPIRITUALIZED, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, March 2

ANYONE familiar with the recorded works of Spiritualized will know they're one of the most enigmatic and imaginative outfits on today's scene, with head honcho Jason Pierce's obscure emotional outpourings buried beneath layers of lush strings and jagged, tortured guitarwork.

So to see them live should be nothing short of an eye-opening experience... shouldn't it?

Well, no, actually. In fact, it's more of an eye-closer. You see, if stripping the live set-up of its orchestral depth, yet still expecting to play with the same impetus and depth is a miscalculation on Pierce's part, then carrying the whole thing on for two and a half hours and hoping everyone keeps up can only be a grave error of judgement.

Otherwise beautiful songs, like Broken Heart and Out Of Sight, simply pass you by as they meld unobtrusively with the rest of the set, with Pierce refusing to utter a word to the audience by way of introduction. Still, you can't keep a good tune down, and scuzzy garage rockers like Electricity and Come Together - bolstered by a spectacular light show - go down a storm.

But in the end it's too little, too late, and you can't help but feel that the arena most suited to Spiritualized's music is your own bedroom.
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Title Annotation:Mail Music
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 10, 2002
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