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Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies (1992)

August 8, 2019

[Album 657/1001]

The ’90s were a great era for counter-trends.

Let’s see, it’s the late ’90s, Nü Metal is the name of the game, bring on…the swing dance / zoot suit revival!

Mid-’90s girl and boy bands are rolling down the assembly line? Here comes Marilyn Manson!

Early-’90s grunge is at its peak? Time for Spiritualized to make their Dream Pop debut.

Better yet, instead of adhering to the generally accepted quiet verse/distorted chorus pattern, make the album consist of 4 lengthy & colour-coded song suites!

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By not sounding of its time, Lazer Guided Melodies has a timeless quality to it.

If I hadn’t seen the release date, I could have easily believed it was from the 2000s or 2010s.

The 4-song suites are fine & even if I’m not sure that I fully adore the entire hour of music, I’m fairly certain that doesn’t really matter.

My sheer enjoyment of the album concept easily overcomes any possible qualms I could have with the actual music.

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Did I mention I’m a fan of the ’90?!

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From → 1990s

11 Comments
  1. This is one from the book I’d like to hear. Thanks for the reminder, Geoff.

  2. Don’t know this one, neat concept though.

  3. jprobichaud permalink

    As big of a Ride fan as I am, I am even bigger fan of Jason Pierce and the great music of Spiritualized. “Run”, “Shine a light”, “200 bars”, so many great tracks. And it’s only a hint of the great songs to come… have I said the word ‘great’ enough times?

  4. What’s Nu Metal? haha
    I’m Old Metal or as Iggy sang once “Cold Metal’
    That’s​ the great thing as you put this stuff aside for years and return to it and think it’s still awesome!

  5. I love how your reviews can easily be summed up with one graph or chart.

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