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SPIRITUALIZED Royal Albert Hall October 10 1997: Live

If it is true, as the popular football chant maintains, that 'the object of all art is peace' then this second live album should allow artistic director Pierce to nod out in deep tranquillity forever. It was recorded rve months after the triumphant 'Ladies And Gentlemen...' and deploys the 12-piece Brixton Community Choir plus strings and a four-piece brass section to transform the band's already revelatory neon gospel tunes into full-on epiphanies. With tracks from 'Lazer Guided Melodies' as well as intro/outro jazz spume hymnals based around the happy-clappy Edwin Hawkins Singers hit 'Oh Happy Day' it is probably the dernitive Spiritualized record, proceeding from a flambeed Velvets basis to storm heights of metaphysical greatness. The nurturing effects of The Stooges, Suicide, Kraftwerk, Loop, Miles Davis and gospel are all obvious and straighter rock'n'roll energy blasts like 'Electricity' and 'Walking With Jesus' provide Velvets/Mary Chain/Verve tinctured light and shade. All in all a gem. The people, who put the Lou into hallelujah, the only band on the planet with an altitude problem, bring you the orgasm, the womb, incarnation, love, death, purgatory, some seraphic line dancing and a top game of pool with the ineffable.