Spiritualized
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ben Jimenez USER (36 Reviews)
February 17th, 2007 | 111 replies | 21,790 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" is the third album from Spiritualized, focusing on gentle harmonies, sorrowful lyrics, and the addition of horns and strings to create an aura of depression shrouded in beauty.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

When I sit down at my desk and pause for a moment to avoid my fluid dynamics work, I daydream about how wonderful life would be as an Astronaut. My dreams sit at the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center. I envision myself flicking on a row of switches in quick succession. I feel the constraints of the space suit on my shoulders and the itch on the back of my thigh which I will not be able to scratch for hours until I have entered orbit.

When the daydreams hit in the afternoons, I know exactly what music to listen to as the soundtrack of my aspirations. “Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space” by Spiritualized is a horn-blaring, bass-thumping, vocal harmonizing work of art that I find absolutely fitting for the inside of a space station. However, the consequence of the mission for which I have been assigned will result in a personal loneliness, by leaving my wife and child behind. It is necessary for me to spend months in orbit as I will conduct decisive tasks for the benefits of others, though my sacrifices will slowly nibble away at my self-esteem. I will lament my sorrows but they will go unheard as I fall around the Earth alone.

Depression is the divisive element that Spiritualized conveys beautifully, with very poignant lyrics that could easily slip past an average listener’s attention due to subtle cries just above a whisper. The only consistent band member of Spiritualized, Jason Pierce, sings soft words of “Though I have a broken heart / I'm too busy to be heartbroken / There's a lot of things that need to be done / Lord I have a broken heart.” The song “Broken Heart” is a personal favorite of mine, due to its incorporation of an exquisite string section backed by high and low pitched horns. Pierce also mourns the condition of his heart on “Home of the Brave,” singing “I'm gonna rip it up / Tear it out / Gotta get it off of my soul / I don't even miss you / But that's 'cause I'm f****d up,” with a painful realization. The lyrics are not ground-breaking. However, they effortlessly flow with the music throughout the album when sung almost as sweet as the delightful strings vibrating in the background.

Spiritualized is different from most space rock in that it is much slower than bands like Failure and contains less noise than bands like Explosions in the Sky. Typical instruments are treated as supplements to Spiritualized, as they supplement rhythm with guitars and pound drums occasionally to set a relaxed tempo. Occasionally a song like “All of My Thoughts” or “Electricity” will spawn a vibrant and healthy change to the leisurely pace, including a coherent noise of horns, drums, guitars, and other effects. Overall the album works well as a charming piece of music covering song topics from love lost to tear drops. Given the magnificent harmonies, it seems that floating in space results in a bittersweet satisfaction only understandable by seminal duty in an expanse of emptiness or simply from a listen to this album.



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Zebra
Moderator
February 17th 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"All of my Thoughts" and "Cool Waves" make this album shine. This is a great album, it has such a unique sound.
Great work on the review.

World Burns To Death
February 17th 2007



14 Comments


Spiritualized rule so hard.

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Intransit
February 17th 2007



2797 Comments


Haven't heard this, but I'll surely check it out. You did a fantastic job on the review, especially because its short, but packed with details and relevant information.

Zmev
February 18th 2007



983 Comments


These guys were on the Me and You and Everyone Else We Know soundtrack. That track was good, will check this out.

ValiumMan
February 18th 2007



493 Comments


Very nice review. Spiritualized is that guy from Spacemen 3, right? I might check this out.

descendents1
February 18th 2007



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep, Jason Pierce also goes by J. Spaceman

ValiumMan
February 18th 2007



493 Comments


Update: I just downloaded this and it sounds like a Phil-Spectorised version of Spacemen 3 with harmony vocals. Definitely nice.

Scott Herren
February 20th 2007



192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Broken Heart is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 5th 2007



2806 Comments


This is a really awesome album.

unbornchikkenvoices
September 20th 2007



78 Comments


where are they from?
sounds... ish.

Lungingweasel
June 13th 2008



46 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This one is a classic. Only matched by their most recent work, Songs in A&E.

zachbredberg
December 26th 2009



86 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing album. Basically all I can say about it. Amazing.

Zyb
August 29th 2010



40 Comments


I think the album title is just a fact, nothing to do with astronauts. Sort of a profound observation.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2010



14991 Comments


this is cool

Jarvig
November 16th 2010



168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

High quality music. Maybe I find that there could be one or two more good melodies on the album. But the actual music on this album is high.

Good stuff. Good indie.

DoubtGin
February 2nd 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dope

couldwinarabbit
March 8th 2011



6996 Comments


NEW ALBUM!!!

DoubtGin
April 19th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best album

demigod!
April 19th 2011



43891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty sweet

Digging: Black Flag - My War

letsgofishing
April 19th 2011



900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Overrated



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