Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space is the third studio album by English space rock band Spiritualized, released on 16 June 1997. The album features guest appearances from the Balanescu Quartet, The London Community Gospel Choir and Dr. John.Wikipedia
This album featured 58 collaborators and took 18 months to put together. The final track is 17 minutes long. There's a gospel choir, a string ensemble, and Dr. John. It's a monument to excess, but at the same time, it's about simple truths. I can see how it might be portentous to some, but I think it works. It's smart and emotional at the same time, and it sounds incredible. Best track: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
The title track is worth the price of admission all on it's own. However, the rest of this album is filled with beautiful tracks, unique compositions, and evocative lyrics. This was a fantastic album.
There are no albums which are as expansive and divine as this. Born in the 90s, the imagination of Spiritualized, which quite literally aimed towards the heavens, was able to be realised in part due to material abundance and solemn optimism for the upcoming new millennia. Beyond the exhaustive and ultimately banal analysins of production, songwriting and other technical details which are required in music making, it is a masterpiece for the simple reason that it aims to be one.
A bit shit
“Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space” by Spiritualized (1997) Never heard this album or this group. You know how sometimes you get high and an idea pops into your head and you think wow, man that’s a really great idea and you resolve to put the idea into practice when you’re no longer stoned and you even write down some notes about the idea because it’s so cool and then you run across your notes while you’re throwing out the pizza boxes and pop bottles and Doritos bags from the previous evening and you read those notes and you read them again and you scratch your head and you throw it all away and head to the medicine cabinet and you take an aspirin? That’s this album. Here we are treated to elaborate soundscapes with multiple countermelodies, in tightly controlled chord structures. The musical objective seems to be to draw attention to the layers. I found myself continually asking “What is producing that particular piece of the sound?” (While that is entertainingly diversionary, it was sometimes distracting. The composition is sometimes a bit repetitive.) It’s pretty, like electronic lace. Well conceived and recorded, it is evident that a lot of musicians put a lot of work into this product. A key feature is that there are so many things going on at the same time, yet avoiding chaos by strict tonal discipline and standard progressions. Also, with plenty of sustain and drawn out chord presentations, the music is further tied together. The chief weakness in both the instrumental and vocal performances is they lack emotional depth. It seems too mechanical, even in places where you would expect some passion, such as the title line on “I Think I’m in Love”. But in “Electricity”, the disciplined elaborations get in the way. It doesn’t rock. Guitar work is competent, but not particularly adroit. The skill on display is the variations in the pedal effects. Flange and chorus effects predominate. Lead vocals not good, backing vocals superb. Often (e.g., “Home of the Brave”) the lead vocal sounds like a poor imitation of Kurt Cobain. The lyrics are pretty standard, lacking originality and depth. Could’ve been written by third rate band in the 1960s. I was really looking forward to the potentially powerful and profound lyrics on “No God Only Religion”. There weren’t any. Damn. The track least afflicted by this poetic malady is “Cool Waves”, but even it is a lyrical swing and a miss. Definitely headphones music. Meant for meditation. I couldn’t listen to this while working, reading, cooking, or doing needlepoint (and I don’t even do needlepoint). Maybe driving. Across Kansas. It’s okay music, not great. This album might be an example of shoegazing, but it’s far from omphaloskepsis. 2/5
I think i'm alive. Probably just breathing. This album has it all. One of the coolest thing ever recorded. Those 3 opening songs are out of this world. One of the best album closer ever in Cop Shoot Cop. A perfect album cover.
Loved this album when I was given a copy on tape by my mate Ben in '97, still love it today. I know it may be a bit noisy for a lot of people, but the noise makes the quiet bits more powerful, and vice versa. It's why Bambi's mum gets shot.... emotional manipulation innit!
The album cover had me instantly intrigued. If I had seen this in a record store I would have picked it up. But I had no idea what I was in for. When “Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space” started I immediately started to feel chills. As advertised, seems like the perfect music for floating in space. I found it incredibly beautiful, teasing me with some kind of familiarity. At the close of the song the chills returned as I realized what was happening. An incredible opening that immediately earned the album a place in my library. “Come Together” certainly feels like it belongs with the opening number, but it has a much stronger rock vibe. Ladies and gentlemen, we are now on a musical journey to I know not where… “I Think I’m In Love” stood out with its lyrics. ‘Think I can rock and roll, probably just twisting’ or ‘Think that I’m a winner, Baby, probably Las Vegas’ or ‘Think I’m on fire, probably just smoking.’ I love this song. The spacey orientation of this album might result in a sterile void, but the songs feel intensely personal. The subject of “All Of My Thoughts” sounds lost after losing someone very special. Song of the songs have a strong psychedelic sound. And then there’s a sort of spacey, trippy folk sound in “Home of the Brave” I very much liked. “Broken Heart” is heartbreaking masterpiece of a song. Incredible and beautiful. It was surprising in “Cop Shoot Cop” to hear John Prine quoted in this song. The song is great - a perfect closer to the album, although I imagine its runtime and long solo will be off-putting to some. Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space is an otherworldly album that combines rock with a modern wall of sound, at times bordering on religious music with organs and gospel choirs - even taking the occasional almost-jazz break. The songs are lush and richly woven, complex structures that evoke wonder and grandeur. While occasional parts of this album went on a bit long here and there, the high points on this album left me a bit awestruck. There are so many occasions that I will want to hear this again. Spectacular.
deserved 5-; I had a lot of thoughts listening to this album, initially I totally didn't appreciate it the way it deserves. Beautiful production, very high level. Diveristy of the melodies and sounds, space rocking and gospel choirs made me fell like really floating in a space or beeing of some kind of heavy drugs. Beautiful piece of art.
Belongs in the heroin space gospel genre. A long album but I think it fits the type of music
Had a different impression of this album - loved the gospel angel and while no standout songs - it feels like a true album - one large musical piece from start to finish - pleasant surprise
Less than halfway through the album I found myself waiting for it to be over. 5.8/10
Wow - an album I always read about in the late 90s and I liked things like the cover and everything have should have told me to listen to it properly. I only recognised one track so I clearly never did. This is much more to my taste now than it would have been back then. Ambitious in arrangement, lyrics excellent in parts, it soars at plenty of times (come together, electricity, broken heart to name some) it actually builds towards the finale of Cop Shoot Cop which is quite something - blown away and will be back - a lot. I’ve no hesitation in paying forward and giving this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Minimal krautrock songs, with massive (and noisy) orchestral arrangements. The thing that elevates this particular album is the raw emotion of the lyrics. then hurt of lost love, compounded by an unhealthy relationship with drugs, leaves the narrator of this extended suite completely laid and vulnerable. The emotion is exhausted, sung in a deadpan delivery as an exhausted calm after the (musical storm). A masterpiece.
Wild wild ride. I think it would have been better if I were smokin and jokin, but still awesome. A rare one that is long and earns it
Ambitious but incredibly well-executed space rock/neo-psychedelia album. Love this one.
I can't begin to describe how much I love this album. I was aware of Spaceman 3 but initially didn't make the connection between them and Spritualized and letting my own musical snobbery take hold thought they would sound like watered down Mercury Rev. Boy I was wrong. I friend gave me a rip of a recording of a live show Triple J broadcast when Spritualized toured Australia one time. I found myself listening to it over and over again. I was mesmerised by the performance, especially the tracks that came off Ladies and Gentlemen. So I I tracked down the album and it became a firm favourite of mine. It has become my soundtrack to those days that the world gets too much. The dreaminess and swirling sounds negate any dark mood I am in, the sonic equivalent of a valium.
I genuinely wasn’t expecting to love this album as much as I did. I’m really glad I listened to it with my headphones on but it’s absolutely gorgeous and super interesting. Guess I’m floating in space as a big ol fan now!
I was saving this review until after I took shrooms to really appreciate its inner beauty, but I didn't realize they were super potent APE. 2.7g felt like 4g and I was traveling through the metaverse. That didn't stop me from clumsily searching for this album on spotify and playing to completion. Time felt like an eternity and I don't think my mind was able to pay attention. But whatever, I've listened to this album maybe 3 times now sober and once on 15mg THC, so I think I have a good idea. I'd classify myself as a dream pop guy. Gotta love shoegaze and psychedelic music. What can I say? I love busy noise. Huge Sonic Youth fan. And this is full of noise, swirly shoegazy sounds. In 1997? When it was all but abandoned excluding parts of Verve's Urban Hymns? This album is the epitome of space rock and you can see why when it knows how to employ atmosphere, shrouding you in clouds of sound and gospel choirs but also utilizing silence and repetition well. You don't need much lyrics when it takes you on a magic spaceship. The music's like a 12 course meal at a fine dining establishment. You get a taste of what they're capable of in each track, yet it's coherent... these transitions are smooth from one to the next. There's no best song so fuck off raving that the title track is the objective best song of all time. Dude, it's all fantastic. Some of these songs are LONG, but I don't even realize it until I look at the timestamp. They just pass by. You start off with the beautiful baroque pop titular piece to the Beatlesesque with horns "Come Together" to the shoegaze "I Think I'm in Love" to the dreamy "Stay With Me". Later we got the industrial "The Individual" followed by the peaceful "Broken Heart." Like dude. That's fine dining. Oh and that 17-minute dessert "Cop Shoot Cop" is simply gorgeous, finishing with a bombastic explosion of chaos. Favorites: I Think I'm in Love, Stay With Me, No God Only Religion, Cop Shoot Cop
Amazingly, the album features a string quartet, a mixed choir and a brass section. The title track is a de facto classical sonata, solemn and elegant. The composition is but a minor detail compared to the effort and care with which the songs have been arranged and produced. The question that remains to be answered is whether it is art or technique. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, I Think I'm in Love
Bra album men saknar någon låt som sticker ut. Blir lite samma samma.
Närmre min musiksmak än NIN, men vissa låtar var ganska kryddade. Lyssnade inte med headset och tror att jag kanske råkade ha shuffle på, så Alexander kommer nog inte godta mitt betyg förrän jag lyssnat på det RÄTT... men jag röstar ändå! :D
några kul låtar men för långt
I feel nothing.
I gave Spiritualized a quick go a few years back and remember the songs being spacey and dreamy but forgot how noisy they are too. I guess to build these giant soundscapes and moods you're gonna sacrifice a bit in variation and song structure - which isn't ideal when the album lasts 70 minutes - but there are also times when it really hits the spot. Definitely worthy of a place on the list, I can't think of another album that combines the orchestral elements, band elements and general noise in the same way.
I've heard this album referred to as either "excessive" or "lush" depending on whether or not the person liked the end product. I think the truth is that it's both in turns. The real issue with the album, however, is the lack of substance beyond the production. None of the songs have any significant lyrical or melodic hooks and, throughout most of the album, the songs themselves feel like an afterthought to the production. Like a fancy hamburger restaurant where the toppings are outrageous but the beef patty itself is just a flavorless, overcooked grey slab of meat.
Need to listen to it more. Floaty, vague and artsy. Perhaps I need to be high
Like a VERY 90's Pink Floyd
Like a Plodding Dull Primal Scream. Drops off noticeably after the first two songs and I'm immeasurably bored by half way through. 2/5
Not my thing AT ALL!
Great experience with the various sounds and styles.
Really liked this one. Strong elements of shoe gaze. Slow burner wall of sound
Wall of sound Grandiose
Loved this! Similar to Phish.
Mal comecei a ouvir e já achei MARAVILHOSO
So glad this came up. It has always been listed as a classic and I have only listened to tracks here and there. Definitely one for the vinyl list!
Absolutely loved this, definitely my favourite album so far. Such a huge range of instruments and sounds in this album. Very hard to pick a fave song, Ladies and gentlemen we are floating through space, I think I'm in love, all my thoughts, broken heart, and cool waves are my top 5 in no particular order. But also Come Together is really good. Will definitely be listening to this one again.
Uno de muchos clásicos de esta banda.
Wow, was not prepared for this. I liked the other Spiritualized album on this list, but this one blows it out of the water. Favorite tracks are: title track, Come Together, Broken Heart (my favorite), No God Only Religion, and Cop Shoot Cop. A fantastic album and quite a surprise.
One of my all time faves - automatic five stars! My neighbour in Uni halls during my first year had the cd version packaged up like medicine, and I was always deeply jealous - such a great release! I love love love the way this album flows together, just fantastic stuff. Fave track - "Cop Shoot Cop" if pressed, but really this is an album experience, it's not really about the individual tracks...
Ladnie obrodzilo w tym tygodniu w potezne albumiki, kolejny z kategorii ponad godzinnej, ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space to trzeci album w dyskografii brytyjskiej space rokowej bandy spiritualized, ktora mozna nazwac glownym projektem kariery muzycznej jej frontmena Jasona Piercea, ktorego juz mialem okazje poznac na wczesniej wylosowanej pozycji listowej, chodzi mi o lazer guided melodies, floatowanie w spejsie jeszcze bardziej rozwinal swoj pomysl jaki na kolazowe granie wymyslil na siebie pan Pierce, tak jak w przypadku pierwszego albumu plyta zostala nagrana praca wielu artystow studyjnych i czterech czlonkow bandy, dodatkowo dochodzi tutaj jeszcze prawdziwy chor gospelowy, co juz sugeruje, ze shoegazowanie bylo jeszcze niewystarczajacym srodkiem przekazu, bo o ile kazdy z trakow brzmi na swoj sposob unikatowo, to jendak mozna je podzielic na trzy grupy, kolazowa zabawa z samplami i brzmieniem jakie mozna uzyskac z wykorzystaniem sekwencjonerow 24 tasmowych, ktorego najlepszym przykladem bedzie tytulowy traczek pierwszy z plejlisty plyty, song ktorego ciezko opisac ze wzgledu na to jak buduje swoja melodie, wykorzystuje sample presjelowe z i cant help falling in love, a to wszystko na ponadczasowej progresji canon d, jak ending ewangelionwoy, kolejnym gatunkiem bedzie klasyczne shoegazowanie jak z all of my thoughts, mozna by takze zrobic kategorie dla naspidowanych gazowan, bo jakby nie patrzec walenie po kablach jest drugim najwazniejszym motywem albumu co zdecydowanie slychac analizujac lirycznie traki jak electricity czy i think im in love czy home of the brave, prawie bym zapomnial o zamykajacej cala plyte 17 minutowej junkowej balladzie cop shoot cop, ktora jest idealnym polaczeniem tworzenia muzyki opartej na samplach i mocnych overdubach z shoegazowym gitarowaniem, no i zostaja jeszcze kawalki instrumentalne i instrumentalno gospelowe, na ktorych slychac najlepiej jak dopieszczony pod wzgledem produkcji jest ten material, pan spaceman J. kolejny raz nie zawodzi i dostarcza material najwyzszej jakosci, tym razem uciekajacy w heroinowa psychoze zamiast w dreamowe filozofowanie, ale czego sie spodziewac po kombinacji rozstania i ladowania po kablach, dodatkowo rozstania wewnatrz bandowego, bo nie trudno sie domyslic, ze inspiracja wiekszosci materialow byla pani Radley czyli glowne klawisze zespolu, wiki podpowiada ze byl to jej ostatni material nagrany z Jasonem, wiec tak jak planowalem powoli poznaje dyskografie spiritualized, choc pewnie juz raczej plejka nie wypluje kolejnych pozycji, po odsluchu pozostaje jeszcze zapoznac sie z lektura sophies world z ktorego ma pochodzic tytul plyty, wiec pewnie jakas influencja byla, a na spotifajowa plejke dodam otwierajacy float i cool waves, czyli traczek gdzie zostal spozytkowany gospelowy chor, ale i tak cala plyta laduje na poleczce cedekow osobliwych w swym brzmieniu
Yes. This one is a classic
Really enjoyed this spacey album.
Not sure how I've never heard this album before. It's amazing.
p820. 1997. 5 stars. Terrific mix of 60s psychedelia, Pink Floyd, Stones, Beatles, Julian Cope, 90s Brit Pop. This is GOOD.
Good album made me happy to listen to this music
new found appreciation for the harmonica (all of my thoughts) beautiful instrumentation in general
Wow - an album I always read about in the late 90s and everything have should have told me to listen to it properly. I went back in a few months back and I’ve no hesitation in paying forward and giving this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This album had me enraptured from the opening minute. Space gospel, space rock, whatever this is, it's great. It's really unlike anything I've heard before, and that uniqueness carries you through the album, making you wish there was more to listen to.
I will love you till I die And I will love you all the time Everything happens today And we're out here in space And I don't know where we are all going Baby I love you today I guess that's what you want And I don't know where we are all going
spiritualized é criminalmente subestimado. a primeira track é coisa de outro mundo.
Spotify always suggested the first track of the album to me which on its own I find incredibly boring. Therefore never felt the urge to discover more of this band. Glad I now got to listen to the whole thing! It's great, rocking, noisy weird good stuff
Holy crap. Of the 410 albums I've listened to on this list so far, this is the first time I've heard a previously unheard album and wanted to rate it 5 stars. Usually it takes me a few listens to recognize a masterpiece, but I've been instantly blown away by this. Beautiful, compelling, original, and somehow lacking the pretension of an album like OK Computer by Radiohead. I have a feeling I will be listening to this a lot over the next few days. 5 stars.
not listened to this for ages. you have to be in the right mood, but when you are in that frame of mind, its fucking excellent.
Spiritualized's music is described as Space Rock, Neo-Pyschedelia and Gospel. This album is sure hard to categorize other than it is a fusion of a lot of styles. I can see people calling this a mess but there is something grand and majestic here which works pretty well for me. I saw these guys about four years ago; while maybe lacking stage presence, they had four guitarists and sound that was coming from everywhere. It was a great show and kind of best fits this album: wall of sound. I'd say there's a pattern to these songs but not really all of them. A fair number of them start soft with music more in the popular-at-the-time Britpop style (sounding like Oasis), builds the music and drama and ends in a more psychedelic/experimental area. The album-titled song starts everything in a very soft and dreamy way then transitions to song #2 "Come Together" the most tradional rock song on the album. From there, things get more interesting with more of the soft to loud song dynamic and structure with the loud being different musical styles, more drama, song complexity, instruments, etc. "All of My Thoughts" ends in a blues harmonica and experimental guitar jam. "Electricity" grooves with an organ. "Home of the Brave" and "The Individual" both build on the experimental guitars, sounding and ending like Sonic Youth. The loud of "Broken Heart" is an orchestra while that of "Cool Waves" is more gospel oriented. A big album at nearly 70 minutes ( CD era) but is definitely worth a listen. A great musical attempt of what floating in space would feel like, I think.
02/02/2022 Sooooo good and unique. Love that I was able to experience this!
I loved this so much. Cool Waves is my fave song off the album.
I listened to this not too long ago but wanted to relisten anyway just to decide whether to give it a 4 or a 5 I swear it just hits harder every time. The textures are just so beautiful throughout and every vocal line is either catchy as hell, a tearjerking lullaby, or both
Ladies and Gentleman, I am back. The first song is gorgeous but the whole album was bloody fantastic. I loved the spacey vibes and weird sounds. I found the cd for 4 quid a couple of days after this album was generated, an easy buy and it came packaged like a pill which is cool
Ladies and Gentlemen is music about music, and packs enough worship into seventy minutes to sustain the jamming tendencies in evidence throughout. I'm not sure if the vision will work for everyone - though it certainly does for me - but feel confident that there are a few minutes for everyone here. It puts me in the mind of Matmos's Consuming Flame, though it's eminently listenable as an album. Too many love songs to choose from, and I love that.
Bangers: Almost all of it! I really like this shit. Jazz vibes, occasional pink Floyd vibes, gospel vibes, ska vibes, whew. really neat stuff. Clangers: I could take or leave Broken Heart. Bit slow... Vibe: Not sure I've ever heard anything like it. Really eclectic mix of stuff from start to finish and it all scratches me right where I itch.
This. I first came across this way back in the year 2000. I was given a geet massive stack of CDs by a Northern Irish colleague and this was by far and away the most memorable, packaged as it was in a pill box, blister packed CD and patient safety notes. My colleague was herself a pharmacist, so it stood out even more. The ingredients are here for post-Britpop pomp and grandiosity, but we're never punished by it. It's like driving to Lake Garda on a lovely summer day. The journey of the album is twisty roads, tunnels and insane pensioners driving knackered old fiats way faster than should be even possible - but with a satisfying regularity you're rewarded by breathtaking views. The grandiose pomposity is there, but it's in the distance - to be appreciated - rather than stuffed down your throat, like some of Spiritualized contemporaries were wont to do. The production is faultless, using almost every knob on the control board at least once. It is never less than slick. Try as I might, I just can't dislike this album. There's too many associations with good experiences. Listen to it. Let it wash over you. You can, if you want, drive this album like an insane Italian pensioner. You can seek out the racing line, hug the corners and overtake buses on blind corners, and I'm sure it'll be absolutely great. But I'd prefer to let it show me its curves and stunning scenery.
las lentas son bellísimas, los sonidos fascinantes, es un agasajo. mágico, fantástico, increíble. bien pudo haber sido producido este año, muy adelantado. en una palabra: etéreo
I had the special edition of this, where the CD was contained in a blister pack, like a giant paracetamol. We listened to it on the way back from an Unbelievable Truth gig, it sent my dad to sleep and he crashed into a hedge. It's still a great album. I was 16 when I first heard it, and it sounded how I expected love and drugs to be. The album can't quite maintain the starburst of its first three tracks, but it still switches between heartracing and heartbreaking. It's the album Primal Scream, The Verve, and Kasabian wish they made.
5 Stars because I had an amazing time watching some of their set when they played this album at a festival.
I now have a deep, dire need for more gospel-choir-ridden space rock in my life.
Wow I had never heard of this band before. This album really is something special, a real sonic & emotional experience such a mix of genres but still seems to work so well. A true masterpiece, I know I will be listening to this a lot in the future and doing a deeper dive into Spiritualized other albums.
From my CHILDHOOD
Peerless in its melding of gospel, psychedelia, saxophones, and evocations of air and space travel. "Come Together" is a singular moment of impossible tension and balance; "Home of the Brave" a giddy, skittering comedown from the blast of "Electricity." The drug references throughout are so humanized as to land in a universal space that thankfully doesn't require firsthand knowledge of opiates to enjoy.
Pretentious as he'll but I loved this, to nitpick the last half is weaker and the last 17 min song is a bit too long, but regardless I would be happy to own this
This may come as a surprise from someone who HATED Tago Mago, but I love this album. This is how I enjoy my experimental electronica - in a lush soundscape with some actual melodies. It is what it is and I'm not going to apologize. This album helped turn me onto electronica circa 2002 and I still have a big soft spot for it. I listened to this twice yesterday and it still holds up for me. The first tracks are the best but there are good moments throughout. The album is wonderfully cohesive, which I love. I'd give it a 4.5 if I could, bc not every track is amazing. But it's so solid.
I enjoyed this album, just because of how much was going on in it. A lot of weird sounds. Reminded me a lot of Radiohead. Apparently won album of the year over OK computer. Also, seems to be before Kid A came out---this album definitely influenced the end of "The National Anthem".
Loved it. We actually got this album as a wedding gift from a random friend so was familiar but previously only had it on in the background and didn’t absorb as much. Will listen again, way better than Radiohead!
How come this album (and band to be fair) is not much more popular, is beyond my imagination. I am currently on my third loop of this record, it is absolutely amazing. Truth to be told, I don't really see the "space rock" angle on this album, I can see some psychedelic elements, but in general I would create a label "spiritualized rock". Excellent mix of atmospheric, chilled tunes like "Cool Waves", slowly transforming into a full orchestral, all-out jam in "Cop Shoot Cop". Great riffs, really amazing small solos, everything fits perfectly on the album. It feels like the band had an idea of how the record will look like before they even stepped into the studio. They take their time, play out the tunes as long as they want, to drive to the culmination point, which is a full release of emotions and feelings. I absolutely love this album, and it moves to my "favourite tracks" list straight away.
Fuzzy heartbreaker of an album.... I love it.
1997. Key Songs: Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. Broken Heart, I Think I'm in Love
I liked the overall sound of the album, was really well constructed, but i'm not sure if i would listen again cause is so sad. My favorite song probably was electricity, it sounded more psychodellic than the rest
This is.... Not my cup of tea, exactly. The cacophonies were at times hard to sit through, but I also enjoyed many songs. Not an album I'd frequently listen to, but one I respect. 7/10 F.T.: Cop shoot Cop...
Great album. Title track and Electricity are must-haves, and the back half is appropriately druggy and fuzzy - perfect ending. Maybe a touch long.
I'll admit, I really got into this. It's good background music, but I occasionally tuned in and enjoyed what I was listening to. Can't name many specific tracks, but loved the vibe and will probably be back. Very spacey. Favorite track: "Home of the Brave"
I am a fan now
Floaty moments reminiscent of the Flaming Lips intersperse anthems defining that 90s/early 2000s guitar-band sound that I can't quite put my finger on.
Reminds me of The Verge + Beatles. Cool use of orchestra and rock harmonica!
Nice background music.
Not a big fan of spirituality, in general, not the music group. I did like this album. Songs flowed together and the first song on the album has an interesting cannon.
Not as good as I remember
Inspiration from Pink Floyd can be seen. Parts are too generic rock. 3.5
Good album. Last song is really long. Would listen to again.
Really easy listening. Not a sound I'm used to, but I really enjoyed it. Kinda like a trance rock joint. Would definitely listen to this again. Kind of a hidden gem of a record.
This was an absolute pleasure.
I dig it. Spacerock is definitely for me.
Straight out the gate, I'm impressed by how this album does not waste any time. You want a title? You got a title. With absolutely no delay, the first thing you hear from this album is a woman's voice saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space." Aside from that, the music is pretty solid. It's kind of a shoegazy, atmospheric rocker with a lot of interesting effects that give it a feel sort of halfway between a traditional indie rock album and a collection of ambient recordings. I think I'll come back to this one.
Chilled out album. Some nice strings and easy vocals. Creates a dreamy kind of atmosphere when listening. Some interesting arrangements with different instruments lending each song a slightly different character
Tiene momento verdaderamente hermosos.
A fun spacy mellow album. 0RS
quite calming too
- stuff damon albarn listents to - space
I picked up this album years ago from my dad thinking that I was into some cool weird "ladies and gentleman we are floating in space"shit. Album still holds up but is honestly not anywhere as bizarre as I remembered it.
ladies & gentlemen i am truly floating in space. such magical instruments along with the lots of other noises so much noise is the best thing i have ever heard. who doesn't love a pirate x shoegaze crossover? going to listen to it in the dark later for sure
I was slow I'll listen too it today. Did hear the can't help falling in love with you thing though, and that was absolutely amazing.
cool experience but not something i would actively listen to. except track 1 that one was nice!!
Tremendously good album! Widely regarded as a classic and rightly so. I love it, there are a couple of tunes on it that are skippable, so 4 out of 5 for me. I’ve had this album for years though, so that may affect the rating too.
I really enjoyed this one. The last track is way too long, but other than that it's a very enjoyable album.
The title song will forever be stuck in my head, and this is a GOOD thing. It is the absolute best song on the album. All I want in life's a little bit of love To take the pain away Getting strong today A giant step each day The rest of the album is good. I enjoyed it. Standout: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space.
Atmospheric panning on Come Together is trippy as hell. Definitely a depression album. Cop Shoot Cop got a little grating but probably just didn't align with my mood.
I really like this album. It rocks hard in places, is very spacey and psychedlic too a la Spacemen 3...but better than Spacemen 3. Also has a Mercury Rev vibe in spots. But as usual its the solid songs that make this a very satisfying listen. 4 stars
Me encantó que nos tocara este disco justo después del Piper: raíces de la psicodelia seguidas con lo que se hizo con ideas parecidas 30 años después. Nuevamente, un buen descubrimiento gracias a la lista, porque nunca había oído a Spiritualized y me quedo con la cosquilla de buscar y escuchar más. Me gustó mucho el uso de sampleos y efectos en las voces, las guitarras y las atmósferas que generan. La primera rola que es casi casi un cover a Elvis fue mi favorita (ojo, en una versión del disco cambian la letra, pero en el remaster volvieron a la letra original de Elvis). Mi único 'pero' es que se vuelve largo: 70 minutos que podrían ser un poquito menos, en especial porque la última canción podría durar la mitad. No es mala, pero incluso llegué a sentir que la tenía en loop sin querer, y no… solo es que es laaaaarga.
4.5 | El disco anterior que nos había tocado de este proyecto me pareció interesante, pero al final para mí se había quedado en "música agradable." Este disco cambió por mucho mi percepción al grado que creo que aquí si hay un disco esencial para que la gente conozca y podrían haber obviado el otro, al punto que después de escuchar más música de la "banda" (porque en sí es proyecto de una persona nada más) es de esas bandas de "culto" que podría hacerme fan. Creo que la palabra correcta para el disco es cinemático, es una mezcla de música ambiental, rock y estilos que no se encuentra en otro lugar. En realidad esa etiqueta de "space rock" no podría quedar de otra manera. Cada canción como si fuera una pintura distinta con letras sinceras, emocionalmente desnudas y un sonido general psicodélico elevado a la grandeza de un coro. Una canción puede repetir una y otra vez cómo solo necesita un poco de amor para que baje un poco el dolor mientras que a la siguiente recita letras clásicas de Elvis. Quisiera casi hablar de canción por canción pero sería demasiado largo e incluso es como quitarle la "sorpresa." Mi parte favorita el cierre majestuoso de Cop Shoot Cop con un delicioso piano de Dr. John, estática, un sonido de Nueva Orleans en purgatorio que se degrada y termina en un ruido majestuoso perfectamente realizado. Una gran sorpresa de disco y una excelente adición para mí.
The title track is so good, I went on YouTube where some fella had put together a one hour loop of it. There are a few more long and explorative numbers on this album which I enjoyed so I will certainly be playing this more.
Leuke verrassing met een paar toffe nummers. Maar een aantal nummers vond ik iets te repetitief. Over de grote lijn wel van genoten
Lots of free form expression here. Love the interplay between distorted guitars and brass. Great. Dirge like at times.
This one was pretty fucking cool. I'm gonna recommend this one to my future self when I took a look over these in a few years. Lots of sounds bro, listen again.
The opening track is earth shatteringly beautiful and one I've loved for ages. I never got far into the rest of the album before though. Come Together is good, but a bit sludgy, like Primal Scream at their dullest. I Think I'm in Love won me back again though, beautiful and layered and textural and sad. By All Of My Thoughts I'm starting to wonder if every track really needs a full wall of sound freakout - it leaves a lot of the songs feeling a bit too similar. Final thoughts - every time this goes slow and vulnerable, it's amazing. Every time it tries to be 'rock and roll' it's dull. Had three tracks been dropped it'd be a five star album.
This is what Oasis thought "Be Here Now" would sound like.
Really good album, not sure why j didn't get into it at the time. Title track, come together, and electricity were my favourite songs.
Very nice album
Spiritualized's 4th and the most known album (1997). Great neo-psychedelia with noise sounds.
Very cool space rock album. I always love discovering stuff like this.
chill and melodic so far. hoping it keeps up and its a solid 4.
love the layers and drones, cool find
I think this album unfairly gets called a one-song-album a lot, but there's a lot here beyond the title track. The first three songs (including that title track) are all fantastic, and there are some great deep cuts throughout. It's too long, and some of the songs also feel too long on their own, but this is brit-pop required listening to my ears.
I enjoyed the album but there were moments of chaos and noise I had to fast forward through. Overall a 3.5
I loved the atmospheric quality of the album but it was a little messy
Hits you like a psychedelic assault. In a good way.
Cool atmostpheric album. Won album of the year over Radiohead ok computer. Need to give it a relisten.
1. The rock defined genre 2. Vocals along with bg vox 3. Societal lyrics
A dreamy album full of vast orchestral instrumentals that take you to a place off into the ether. Just as the album name suggests - we are left to feel as though we are indeed floating in space (and time). The addition of Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling in Love' on the title track, sets you up for a kind of mystique the album is going to bring. Best: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (I Can't Help Falling in Love) Worst: No God Only Religion
Exceptional album 💿 in my opinion I have loved it for years. The opening track melts your heart.😁
I liked the vibe of this one, and how it utilizes rapid tempo changes. Some the the tracks drag on a bit
i loveeee the name of this album. also i can hear the influences of pachelbel's canon in the titular track. not the last person to do that and probably not the first but still very neat :)
Great album. Had been awhile since I’d listened but really enjoyed that. Climbatize is amongst the best things the Prodigy have done. One Star off for that Firestarter nonsense but otherwise a top album
I’m a big fan of the sound, not a big fan of the length. 7/10
7/10. Honestly, pretty good, at least in the background.
Forgot how good this album is
4.5/5. Kinda a classic. Solid rocker
that was good!
Expansive, excellent. Surprised that i hadn't heard any of this before. Reminded me in places of the Kula Shaker album that i adored in my early teenage years
Cool waves sounds so spiritual. Felt like listening to a soulful hymn.
Reminds me of a movie soundtrack for an imaginary film about rocket ships being lost in outer space. Super interesting, really chill, I love it
I actually liked it :o
This one was cool
The smack-addled, cinematic end of Britpop.
Eating cake on the toilet
Bit trippy but tells a story through it.
Excellent. Makes me wish I was a stoner.
An old favourite I still regularly listen to, the arrangements for strings and choir elevate this album beyond Jason Pierce’s previous work with Spaceman 3 and the earlier Spiritualized albums. Hard to be objective about this album as it informed/(s) so much of my musical taste, but I particularly love the repeating bass refrain on “I think I’m in love”, the juxtaposition of the lost, plaintive lyrics on “All of My thoughts” against the chaos of the music, the emotive use strings on “Broken Heart” and the tentative steps towards acceptance and even hope on “Cool Waves”.
Really like this. One of the few albums we've had so far that I've actually listed to from start to finish before, but it must've been at least a decade since I last heard it all the way through. That beginning section is wonderful, it tails off a little in the middle, and then picks up again at the end with that closer. Just squeaks a 4 for me.
I like it, has some great tracks. Also doesn't fall into the space rock trap of extended spoken word sections
Still sounds great.
I never heard about Spiritualized and didn't have much information about "space rock", but I loved this album. The last songs are a little bit exaggerated for my taste, but the first songs are more than a good reward to receive for these last songs. I rate it with 4 stars for the whole album, but absolutely 5 stars for the first half of the album. It's very nice to note that the late 90s (that I lived and liked very much) still have these hidden gems to find out.
Nice blend of electronica and shoegaze indie. Like it! A lot!
Where have I been with regards to this - excellent!
Really, really good.
Never heard this in full before but now appreciate why its spacerock gospel is loved so much. Borderline euphoria in contrast to extreme melancholy: what a mix!
Interesting. I like the last song, but it's 17 minutes long haha. A quiet, melodic album.
4.5 really nice album with lots of cool soundscapes. Something I've never heard of and very cool discovery . Def worth a revisit
I enjoyed this a lot, but wasn’t a huge fan of the lengthy noodling on some tracks.
Very nice. Different. Varied.
This one surprised me. Not sure why I had a view in my head that I hated this band. Turns out it’s actually very good
Bizarre, sweet, triumphant. It's a long listen but it rewards with major crescendoes, heartfelt performances, and very jazzy chaos. Only thing that's a blemish is the new cover art for it which is not as interesting.
It wasn’t as great as I remember it.
Dit was best tof
Dude put work in on every song, a bit sad sometimes tho
Good album, but an example of how CDs encouraged overlong albums.
Very pretty instrumentation, vocals were appropriate for the style and didn't sound like messy shit. Really pleasant to listen to, even the discordant and "noisy" bits. Probably not something I'd listen to again or regularly but really enjoyable the first time through. 4
I was not familiar with Spiritualized. Surprising because they align with the late 90s chill vibes I adore---Air, Zero 7, Groove Armada, etc. I loved the psychedelic cacophony background in I Think I'm In Love. Electricity brought the rock to the spacey roll. Cool Waves went on a bit long but I admire the use of the London Community Gospel choir. I can't parse out all the instruments used in this kind of music---horns, keyboards, and definitely some magic trips, but I totally dig. AWESOME album cover and that blue would win Pantone of the year if I had a say. SIDENOTE: I was mesmerized by the blue. If you listen on Spotify the header art is great and the blue is actually a very subtle gradient (I pulled it into Illustrator to confirm this), which makes it just glow and float (like in space). Beautiful, wild. I'll explore a lot more of Spiritualized.
Well this was nice to hear again. Been a while. I forgot how consistently good this album is. Maybe not quite a 5-star, but I will be spinning this one more frequently now. If you dig this, check out Spacemen 3. more stripped-down and droney, but also great.
Inesperado, muy bien, 4 alto
I used to like the title track a lot. I still do, but I used to, too. Except the reissue album cover looks stupid, like a tilted lego. The whole album is noisy and repetitive, but in a good way. Elvis and Beatles references, besides other rock n roll throwbacks, make it feel like part of a grand tradition of pop.
It's pretty good, but becomes quite unfocused at points. Especially that final track which just drags on for no reason at all.
I've only really discovered this in the past few years, so I don't have a huge connection with it. There are some fantastic songs on it, particularly the first three. It is quite jam rock-y and, um, space-y in places. So it's one where I find I need to be in the right mood for it. Its a relaxing sort of chill out album, but also quite emotional in places. The last song "Cop Shoot Cop" is 17 mins long, so could be seen as a bit self indulgent. But over all the album is very well produced and put together. You can tell a huge amount of work went into it with a wide range of great musicians. 8/10
Not my most favorite album, but could definitely hear how it influenced other bands (like Coldplay).
I enjoyed a lot of this
joojoo on se hyvä.... progressive psuyhdchedelic rock album. EI kiipeä viiteen tähteen EI EI EI, annetaan neljä... menee ylös alas kokoajan... jos pysyisi ylös niin viisi mutta ei.... liian monta kertaa putoaa laatu. stay with me. paras.
This is the second pleasant surprise in two days. Very unique album with some 80's new wave/proto-industrial vibes mixed with some jazz, noise and ambient. Not the most groundbreaking material, and not without some weak moments, but overall this is good shit. Come Together and Cop Shoot Cop are my favs here. The generator is on fire! Can we make it 3 in a row? Here... we.... go....
Great will listen again at home
Mi nuevo comfort álbum
Its like Britpop meets Shoegaze and I'm here for it
I don't know how I missed this one the first time around. Really enjoyed it.