Jason Pierce has a formula. For many of us (including me) it works, so this album is good stuff. For those who do not know it, just buy one of his last 3-4 albums, and you'll get the idea. It goes something like this: 6-7 ballads with a mix of gospel-esque chorus and gentle string and/or piano accompaniments (or flat-out remixes of gospel favorites). Add some Jesus-be-my-savior-because-I'm-a-sinner lyrics. Subtract about 2 minutes of unlistenable discordant "improv." Add one or two faster-paced songs to get the toes tapping. Repeat every 3 years or so. That's it, and it is what it is.
Again, if you love the direction Spiritualized has taken since Laser Guided Melodies and Electric Mainline, you'll have a bunch of new(ish) sings to listen to and enjoy. I like it, though I hold to my belief that Laser Guided was his best work. There is not a lot here that is new or groundbreaking, but if you like the formula, you'll like the recording.
During the search of imperfection, Johnny Jewel & company have found "Kill For Love", a jewel. "Kill For Love" has lyrics to make you think about it, Chromatics plays with our feeling, and they make us feel weak, helpless, alone and scared about the unknown or do not yet know how can we face. They improved the aesthetics of its predecessor "Night Drive" making "Kill For Love" irresistible. The dance floor asked for glamour. It's your lucky day, "Kill For Love", your requests have been heard by Italians Do It Better. "Kill For Love" is for me, the album of 2012, they say "everybody's got a secret to hide", I've already told you mine.
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