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Amazing Grace (Sanctuary)

By: Cam Lindsay

With garage rock dictating what's cool in music over the past two years, it's fitting that Jason Pierce gets to have a little fun with it. No one takes music as seriously as Pierce, so when he revealed that he'd written and recorded a full-on garage rock record in a matter or days, it was a pleasant surprise for every fan. After 2001's overindulgent Let It Come Down, a record that took four years and had about nine lives, this stripped down, fifth Spiritualized album makes a lot of sense. Bands like The White Stripes and Soledad Brothers (who Pierce has repeatedly added as tour support) have given him the opportunity to let loose his love for raw power. Hark back to the days of Spacemen 3 and you know Pierce isn't just wagon jumping either. He's also proven himself on past Spiritualized albums, with tracks like "Cop Shoot Cop", "On Fire" and "Electricity" being the product of ferocious jam sessions. Amazing Grace kicks off with the smart, punderful "This little life of mine", a sexed-up, sleazy number that doesn't take any time to express the record's intentions. "She kissed me (it felt like a hit)", the album's first single, features Pierce's well-known preaching with the ever-important "Come on!" attached to the end of each sentence. When he decides to remove his foot from overdrive on "Oh Baby", it's classic Spiritualized romanticism, slowly pouring his heart out in a blaze of glory. Spiritualized without the orchestra, the big budget and the master plan, caught in a live setting, is the way they should be on record.
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