I felt like a humanised piece of sperm floating in eternity.
Lazer Guided Melodies is the debut studio album by English space rock band Spiritualized. The album was recorded by the inaugural line up of the band, consisting of Jason Pierce (vocals, guitars), Mark Refoy (guitars), Will Carruthers (bass), Jonny Mattock (drums) and Kate Radley (keyboards) from 1990 to 1991, and mixed by Pierce in London in January 1992. The album was first released on Dedicated Records in March 1992, on cassette, Compact Disc and Vinyl (2 x LP, with initial copies containing an additional free 7"). Initially released on two 45rpm vinyl LPs, the album's twelve songs are segued together into four colour-coded (red, green, blue, black), cross-faded suites. As such, the album was included in Pitchfork's 2010 list of "ten unusual CD-era gimmicks".By 1995, the album had sold 10,000 copies in the United States.
I felt like a humanised piece of sperm floating in eternity.
mostly not music
Spacey and gorgeous. Spiritualized albums exist in their own galaxy, orbiting a lonely planet inhabited by disembodied creatures longing to make physical what exists in the aural realm of these tracks. I may not always be in the mood for the ethereal vibrations the music provides, but when I am... damn.
If ever there was a contest to pick the most self-indulgent, "overrated" act in music history, Spiritualized would have a great opportunity to win the cup. And the first three quarters of this debut album prove it time and again. Self-indulgence is not even a passing flaw here, it's the whole "raison d'être" behind the band's existence. Which makes such claims that they produced so-called "essential" albums quite dubious, if you wanna know about my personal opinion. Let's go into specifics: in *Lazer Guided Melodies*, Spiritualized played neo-psychedelia without the bite or sense of fun of a Brian Johnston Massacre. They wrote middle-of-the-road rock songwriting without the live energy of The Stone Roses. They aped "motorik" kraut without the relentless drive of a Neu!. And they designed electronic-oriented rock without the groove of a Primal Scream... In other words, they didn't do much, in spite of all the energy they spent. Do you think I'm harsh here? OK, answer this question first: what has Jason Pierce to offer, really--apart from using his bland, timid voice to mumble shapeless syllables and tasteless, unoriginal melodies *over the same three frigging chords from one track to the next*??? Is the title of that debut LP supposed to be ironic? If that's the case, the joke is unfunny. Those melodies are not "lazer-guided", they are on automatic pilot mode. And consequently, almost none of them are memorable. Sure, most of the time, the music itself sounds extremely "spacey".. But there's no clear intent in it, no clear throughline that could send you to the stars and beyond. The fuel on Pierce's rocket goes "pop" and then stays stuck on the ground. And as he and his band trip out in the sterile, artificial soundscapes they're so keen on creating around themselves, all you can do is watch them from the ground with a dumfounded look on your face. I can't see "outer space" in the backdrop of their drug-addled routine, only a damn Hollywood green screen. By the way, and speaking of "drugs", I don't need to take heroin or LSD to turn this album into a "good" one. The album should make me *feel* like I'm on heroin or LSD *without me having to take the damn drugs*. There lies the *huge* difference... I can sense devil's advocates already preparing their arguments here. Something in the likes of: "You're tone-deaf: listen to all the gorgeous arrangements Pierce wrote and performed!" Well, I'm not denying the man has a keen ear for sonic details, in spite of his laziness and lack of imagination when it comes to pure songwriting. The thing is, Pierces piles up those arrangements on top of one another without ever considering which ones should be emphasized so that his music succeeds in leaving a lasting impression for most audiences. You might retort that it's my fault, that I should pay more attention to the layers and layers of sounds he and his bandmates recorded. But, to me, it's *their* fault. It's their godamn job to select the best elements in a piece of music so as to make them stand out. If everything is buried in the mix--every little guitar inflexion, every synth drone, every tabla and echo and effect and whatnot--should I be blamed for not letting myself go? If no real epiphany, no real climax gives meaning your repeated melodic lines overstuffed by so many details around them, should I blame my own expectations? Or conversely, is the "product" at fault here? You tell me. In the meantime, here's a quick reminder: less is more, very often. And very often, this record forgets that. It's the drugs Pierce is selling that are the problem, not the drug-addict that I am (read: "music-addict"). Everything I've said so far is about the "three first quarters" of the album, remember? Well, here's what I'm thinking about the last quarter: in the middle of "Shine A Light", something clicked at last, and it was a welcome surprise. The climax of this track is excellent, and it's as if the LP came alive at the eleventh hour. Right after this climax, "Angel Sigh" was also a pretty convincing cut. The walls of noisy guitars on those two songs woke me up, I imagine... But they're not the main reasons those two tracks work out and the other ones don't for me... Sure, those two songs display the sort of noisy-yet-melodic shoegazy stuff that a later post-rock act such as Mogwai--criminally left aside in Dimery's list--will later accomplish (and this even if Mogwai performed such "walls of noise" ten times better than Spiritualized). Yet, as welcome as those electric guitar shenanigans are, those two tracks are actually good mostly because Pierce finally decided which arrangements in them should be their *true* backbone (remember what I said earlier abou "arrangements"?). In "Shine A Light", it's the horn section, and in "Angel Sigh" it's the cellos. Both are hypnotic, intense, and great. And they serve the songs right, thus saving this record from a 0/5 grade, as far as I'm concerned. Unfortunately, a couple of good tracks towards the end can't *fully* redeem this album for me. The last cut, *200 Bars* even emphasizes what is generally wrong with Spiritualized's music in my book. Yep, this piece is too goddamn long (100 bars too long, by my count), and it seems that its writer/composer knows it. Which why the whole thing is even mentioned in the lyrics... I can appreciate the self-deprecatory, tongue-in-cheek irony here, don't get me wrong. But when the line between earnestness and self-parody is so thin, as it is the case here, it's no surprise that a lot of folks in an audience start raising their eyebrows. Maybe it means that you're not exactly mastering what it is you want your music to say. Maybe it means you're favoring "style" over "substance", and start to lose the thread that could tell you which is which. And maybe--just maybe--it means that you're an excellent musician and creator, but that when it comes to this list, you should leave room for even more stellar creators. 1001 is a finite number after all. Number of albums left to review: 588 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 198 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 92 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more essential to me): 123 (including this one)
What a treat of a lovely record. I have always loved Spacemen 3 but for whatever reason I hadn't given Spiritualized a good enough shake. Absolutely blissful repetition, building, and then instead of a climax it is a \"whooosh\" inside my brain. I can't wait to listen to all their other albums too, but I'm gonna give Lazer Guided Melodies plenty of time to grow on me, this thing has gorgeous depth.
Loved this album and will absolutely be listening to it again. I love the use of an organ for the ethereal feeling.
Love this sonic masterpiece.
Wow. I have never heard of this band or this album before but I'm 2 minutes in and I think I'm hooked! I thought it was going to be a dance album by the cover... Well, this has just been an amazing experience. I have fallen in love with this album and discovered a genre I didn't even know existed known as "Space Rock". This album has been added to my high rotation.
I really enjoyed “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space” from Spiritualized. So this time I get to go back to the beginning. 90o0 This album felt more stripped down I guess but still unmistakably Spiritualized. Really enjoyed listening to this - it put me in a real calm, meditative state without feeling boring or repetitive. I think it may have brought my blood pressure down a few notches. Some highlights for me included “If I Were With Her Now” (tells such a dramatic, tight little minimalist story), “I Want You” (bordered on a pop song), “Smiles” (sweet little song), “Take Your Time” (a very slow, taking-their-time build), “Shine A Light” (fits the artist name well!), “Angel Sigh” (a lovely, understated, minimalistic love song), “Sway” (felt almost religious in the choruses - I’d float in space to this one too), then it closes with the amazing “200 Bars” where they actually count out the first 100 bars - as a former junior high French Hornist I felt a special connection to counting out a long series of bars). Fantastic. Lovely. Soothing. Wonderful.
I want to give this five stars. My right hand is desperate to click on the mouse to give it five stars. I run through the highpoints of the album continually, yearning to give it five stars. I recall how mesmerized I was by the third quarter, how warm and blissful and singular and vast and searching the record is, and I want with all clarity and desire to give it five stars. And I can't. The issue emerged in the fourth track, Run, where they make a rather blunt allusion to the Velvet Underground's Run Run Run. This distracted more than anything, and threw me from the music. Was I listening to genuine sentiment, or rather a demonstration that the band owned a cool record collection? Is that even a problem? I don't know. I can still hear the beating of a heart within this album, but it's muffled by a leather jacket the album insisted its mum got it in order to impress the girl albums.
A master class in mediocrity. Lacks substance. Or, as Pitchfork.com puts it: "...feels almost weightless, an astral take on the blues that seems to drift by on cosmic winds. It’s one of the most gentle rock records of its time, with spaced-out guitars and rolling bass lines tenderly nudging Jason Pierce’s vocal melodies along like a weathered stone rolling slowly down a hill."
I think I'm spiritualized enough, thanks. Impressive that I disliked this album almost to the same extent I liked the previous "Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space" I got here some months ago.
Nothing short of amazing, quite possibly my introduction to a genre that I'm yet to get into (Dream Pop), but I'm eager to.
Loved this - reminded me a lot of Slowdive (one of my new favourite bands, new to me not a new band). Chilled and kind of psychedelic. Will listen again
This album showcases all of what I love about Spiritualized and Spacemen 3 - the droney, hazy, extended musings, usually built around one major chord. Very pleasant both as background and also as a focused listen on headphones. I think I prefer this album to "Ladies and Gentlemen..." which sounds a little more dated at times.
Oh my god, it just took me away to somewhere else...where I was murdering over and over.
Hazy, dreamy record with beautiful melodies. So ahead of its time!
че-то похожая ситуация с предыдущим альбомом. сперва бомбанул даже немножко, ибо вообще-то к жанру спейс-рока отношусь более чем положительно, и надеялся на годноту со стенами звука и няшной лиричкой. и как-то разочарован был, когда какая-то околоуныль началась. ну типа блять, альбомы Hum, Failure, да даже ранних Muse в подборке не представлены, а это говно есть. вообще все сильнее с выбора авторов начинаю гореть. но потом попустился немного, сложил 2 и 2, и все-таки прикинул, что это скорее я спейс-роком считал пост-хардкор и прочий тяжеляк со спейс элементами. а чистый комик-роцк, вероятно, такой и есть - немного ленивый, торжественный и атмосферный. но все же сказать, что полностью зашло не могу. отчасти из-за иногда проглядывающей скуки, отчасти из-за кринжовейших текстов. прогнал все ж не без удовольствия, думаю под настроение будет вообще на кончиках пальцев, но пока сильным фанатом себя не чувствую (хотя, как оказалось, у меня даже в аудио какая-то их песня с другого альбому была). склоняюсь к той же семёрке, может опосля вся эта тема во мне вырастет. 7/10
Wow - this was a pleasant surprise. I only knew one of the songs before hand (run run run). Really interesting soundscapes, one of the few albums I've played more than once.
9/10 haha pretty psychedelic sounds
Unsure what to expect but loved it right off the bat. Adding this to my list of go-to albums.
Listen to this more! Really enjoyed!
Their best album and a classic
unexpected, but really good sounds to me!
Glorious, one of the best discoveries so far. Beautiful stuff
Amazing. Life changing 5 out of 5 10 out of 10 . One of my favorite albums now
I liked this a lot! The album name suits the sound. Overall it just calms your mind very well, I didn't really listen to the lyrics but they seemed to match the music!
beautiful, made me cry
You know I've Been Here Before etc. is a great begin of a great Spiritualized record, which together with the Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space album, are two of the best albums released in the 90s. I assume the latter album (being their best known album?) is on the list too (together with at least one Spacemen 3 album) but Lazer Guided Melodies is even better. To compare: some time ago Pitchfork published a nice list of 20 "Dream Pop" albums (Think Galaxie 500, Cocteau Twins, Beach House, Julee Cruise etc). LGM is on place 11 in this list. But even though I would perhaps not qualify LGM as "dream pop" (too much motorik) it should have been much higher in that list...
I liked this a lot x
Odličan. Ovog sam najmanje sluša ali je super
Sounds like a lot of psychedelics were used in the making of this record ,feels like taking some listening to it. Lovely warm ,floaty, atmospheric goodness . Induces feeling of wanting to be off my chops . Il be back for more
Zoals verwacht heel veel fuzz. Maar een aangename verrassing. Ei zo na postrock, en dat kan ik zeker smaken
Spiritualized are what me dreams sounds like. I was lucky enough to see them live a few weeks ago and it was amazing So of course I give this 5 stars
So apparently I gave four stars to "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space," would it be blasphemous to give this five?
loved this when it came out, still have the version with 4 conjoined song suites. The influences seem pretty obvious now and the middle sags a bit, but still an absolute wonder.
My most seen live band until I moved to Australia. Saw them a bunch of times touring when they only had this album and it could be my favourite, (although big shout out to The Complete Works Vol. 1). Back when it was Spiritualized as an actual functioning band, not just the guy from Spaceman 3 with a random cast of players on each album. There's a coherence about it with its simplicity when compared to some of the later albums. Saw them at Glastonbury playing these songs in 1992 and 1993 so this album is forever the sound of sunset at Glastonbury on a perfect summer's day.
Really beautiful. Going to listen to them a few more times now. Think I've found something I really like.
Didn't know I needed this.
One of those rare albums that just works morning, noon or night, weekend, Monday, drunk, sober. Just suits all 500 versions of me.
Aw, too soon! Only just had ladies and gentlemen, hoped they'd space them out a bit. Ha. Pun not intended. Anyway, love this most low key Spiritualized album. Sometimes even more than aforementioned masterpiece. Certainly Shine A Light is one of the best songs they ever did. Everything builds so gently and beautifully, gliding into a blissed out haze. Elsewhere, both If I Were With Her Now and Take Your Time's one-paced, effortlessly rolling groove take some beating. Angel Sigh blows your socks off, Sway is simply gorgeous. This album starts and finishes so strongly. I'm not as fond of I Want You and the reworking of the Velvet's Run, Run, Run, but they're both still fun. Plus you get to have a little sleep and a float in the breeze in the middle of the album.
Full of 70s era psychedelia without any of the elements of dissonance common for that time. It drives on and on but never ceases to be beautiful and uplifting. One criticism would be that there are quite a few parts that sound verrryy Stone Roses. Not necessarily a bad thing but I did have to check who came first (SR by a few years). They're a bloody consistent bunch too, have been steadily releasing for a solid 30 years now.
This was really relaxing and honestly just really nice. I feel like I restate the same things a lot but it was just a calm album.
Fühlt sich an als würde man wirklich im Weltall schweben. Sehr stark. Light 9/10
Yeah this one’s a gem
I liked it, it was mellow!
They've conned themselves 5 stars. It's a 4* album, with a beautiful floaty feeling, but rules are rules, and inclusion of a jew's harp is mandatory +1*
The industry monster was pushing Let It Come Down heavily in 2001 and it seemed like for a couple months or so that was the only music that existed. I remember the album packaging included a 3d embossment of a pigtailed girl with her eyes closed. Until now, I had no idea this album preceded it by about 10 years and now I understand. This album is amazing, nearly impeccable. Shine a Light IS impeccable. The balance of the album is just amazing. It's drone-y and easy to get lost in the reverb and feedback. What a great find.
The evolution from Spacemen3 through this and then onwards was a thing of beauty and a very happy thing for me
This album had me tearing up. So incredibly beautiful. This album is definitely going on my backpacking playlist.
Spiritualized is such a vibe, but it's the vibe I want on this lazy Friday afternoon. Just love this album.
This was the soundtrack to my summer in about 2001. 22 years later (!) and it takes me straight back to being high in some field somewhere. I know Spiritualized found success in love songs, but it's the longer sonic voyages that really stand out here. Just absolutely unlike anything that was around at the time (shoegaze? stoner rock? ambient?) and unlike anything since. Sway slow. Stay low.
So good and relaxing. Memories
This album is a slow burning masterpiece. Every song builds and swells into something beautiful. There are elements of Britpop, ambient music, and electronic elements. The music itself is incredibly textured and has some of the best emotional releases.
One of the greatest records ever made
always considered the cooler spiritualized album - plenty lovely complex nothings to wash around
I loved this album
6/2 3.75/5. The softness of Dream Pop with spacey Rock elements. Standout Tracks: You Know It's True, Symphony Space, Shine a Light, Sway, 200 Bars
Angel Sigh is a fantastic track. Really cool album, nothing more to say.
это лучше зашло, чем Snivilization
Very floaty. Enjoyed this, not as much of the floating through space album
Solid spacey rock.
Very good album
Un disco muy interesante: música electrónica de los 90's muy diferente a la que comunmente se asocia con esta década: eurodance, house, etc. Aunque en general el disco es "chill" y tiene canciones muy relajantes, del estilo de "Cigarrettes and Alcohol" como Sway, también canciones energéticas como Run. Es un disco muy agradable y fácil de escuchar, o de utilizar como fondo para trabajar (comprobado al menos 3 veces).
I really enjoyed this.
I'm a massive fan of "Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space", but I haven't listened to this album much, which seems.... weird. It's got all the elements I love. I think I just need to spend more time with it, so going into my third play through now... Fave track - "Take Your Time", at the moment, but there are a couple of other contenders... I really don't know why I never got into this album as much as "Ladies & Gentlemen..."!?
Good debut album, probably not a new favorite artist though.
more of a ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space kinda guy. pretty good but its the archetypal you've got to be in the mood for it music.
better than expected—but very ambient music type
As background music during work I quite enjoyed it. It was relaxing, pleasant and the slight "space-sound" touches made parts of it interesting too. Still as pure background music it's not interesting enough for a 5.
Psychedelic, Brit-Pop, Electronica, this album has it all! I had never heard anything this early in Spiritualized's discography, but I'm glad I got to experience it. Hoping "Ladies and Gentlemen..." is on this list somewhere too.
Another album of which I was completely unaware, and liked more than I expected to. I particularly enjoyed "Run".
Cigarettes After Sex vibes CAS vibes just getting stronger Very long songs mein gott Final Thoughts: 4/5
Definitely not my favorite album by them, but it's still super dreamy and space-age, which is a delight to hear.
dreamy, like James Bond meets Lana Del Rey
21/06/2021 Ricardo was here. Good album
Loved this. Lush, dreamy, spacey arrangements. I want to explore more of the band's work now. Fave songs: Shine a Light, Sway, Step Into the Breeze, 200 Bars
This band is the reason I wanted to listen to this 1001 albums list. Never heard of them before now I am a fan. Love the sound. 4/5
I liked it a lot! Great kinda spacey psychedelic dream rock. Probably excellent for watching the rain on a cool morning.
Faktisk fedt ambience musik
I like the wildly schizophrenic dynamics that flung most songs between acoustic and quasi-symphonic passages. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Step into the Breeze, If I Were with Her Now
Kolejny album z serii brytyjskiego grania, zarowno nazwa bandy jak i plyty nic mi nie mowi, chociaz az tak bardzo undergroundowy material to nie jest, bo jednak 370k sluchaczy w ciagu miesiaca na spoti, ale co to w ogole za plyta, lazer guided melodies najtrafniej mozna okreslic jako space rocka, albo przynajmniej mocno eksperymentalna odmiane rocka, ale lirycznie blisko jest tez do dreamowego popu, przez prostote jaka jest wykorzystana w tekstach, jest to debiutancki material piecioosobowej grupy, ktorej liderem i jedynym stalym czlonkiem byl Jason Pierce, jak to na lidera przystalo teksty sa jego autorstwa, pokrywa on rowniez bazwe wokalna i gitarkowa, choc jeszcze ma jakies fragmenty na jakis egzotycznych cymbalach czy autoharpie, wiec multiinstrumtalnie, nigdzie nie widze jakis mega synthow, a niektore dzwieki klawiszowe brzmia wrecz kraftwerkowo, czy tam krautrokowo, wiec gitarki czy klawisze musialy ciekawie byc przesterowane dla osiagniecia takiego brzmienia, bo co do samego brzmienia, to tak jak przystalo na kosmiczny rock jest nie z tej ziemi, tajemniczne, w niektorych momentach jak z sennego marzenia, a w innych razej dziwacznie niepokojace, czasu na budowanie klimatu jest wystarczajaco duzo, bo calosc trwa rowna godzine i jest podzielone na 12 trakow, ciekawa sprawa jest jeszcze jak zostalo wytloczone wydanie vinylkowe bylo podzielone na 4 roznokolorowe sekcje, co zdecydowanie uderza w brzmieniu tej bandy, to szczera prostota, nie ma tutaj zbednych dzwiekow, oszczednosc liryczna i wykorzystanie licznych powtorzen jeszcze bardziej buduje senna hipnotycznosc materialu, ciekawe sa tez nawiazania, ktore mozna powiazac z spirytualnym poszukiwaniem w jakiejkolwiek religii, no z jednej strony mozna je brac jako typowe love songi, a z drugiej strony jako zwrot do blizej nieokreslonego adresata, jak na shine a light, i want you, czy smiles, co lepiej pasuje do ezoterycznosci brzmienia tego materialu, wiec teksty proste, a i tak pozostawiaja wolne pole do interpretacji, wiec kolejny dobry dobry pick z wyspiarskiej kolekcji lat 90, bo plyta wydana w 92, na plejke wrzuce otwierajacy you know its true, take your time i sway, jedne z najbardziej lirycznie rozbudowanych kawalkow, zeby jakos pasowaly na rokowa plejke, ale caly album leci na poleczke ciekawych pickow
лёгкий воздушный космический, понравился. приятный инди звук без напряга, всё летает, качественные аранжировки
Cracking bit of space-rock.
Atmospheric while preserving melody, which is not easy to do, but not quite the achievement that Ladies and Gentlemen is. Best track: You Know It's True
One I hadn't heard. 60s influence but chill. I really like it.
This is some awesome ass work music. Where did this album come from? I've never heard it or heard OF it. It does a really admirable job of getting into a groove and then pressing it along like a rolling boulder, which is honestly its major charm in my opinion. It takes a lot of the prog rock methodology and puts it in an alt/pop/post-new wave format. 1992? I'm impressed!
Mad psychedelic cosmic shit going down here. Inebriation recommended!!
A very nice mellow interesting listen.
Very relaxing and enjoyable, though don't think any particular song is that memorable.