Much of Jason Pierce’s reinvigorated creativity on Songs In A&E (Accident And Emergency) has been attributed to the fragile frontman’s hospitalization after a near-?death bout with pneumonia.
True, there’s a white-?walled desperation on songs like Death Take Your Fiddle (complete with respirator sound flourish), while others look upwards for mercy, like angelic Sweet Talk. But Spiritualized always had that out-?of-?body, walk-?toward-?the-?light quality; Pierce just seems to be doing it better now than on the last two albums. Besides, it’s not all stretchers and IV bags. Pierce has all his hard rock faculties on the cascading psych explosion You Lie You Cheat.
Let’s hope he doesn’t need to shake hands with death again for the next album to be this good.
Spiritualized play V-?Fest on Toronto Island September 6.