Yet with Let It Come Down, the group's fourth full-length, Pierce has once again found a way to renew Spiritualized while staying true to the band's contemplative, narcotic essence. A gospel choir and a full symphonic orchestra have been added to the lineup, making for a beefy, Sensurround sound. This is also the first Spiritualized album on which each track stands independently; on previous records many songs seamlessly melted into one another. Furthermore the album contains no stand-alone noise orgy, drone, or instrumental. This might even come to be called Spiritualized's most accessible album.
With Let It Come Down, Pierce's heart-rending, meticulous arrangements surge the power and elegance. Even the songs that don't include massive symphony swells come across thick and potent. Pierce's painstaking production brings out the noisy character of "The Twelve Steps" without sacrificing the ornate details of the instrumentation. But the highlights must be the majestic, superorchestral moments of "Stop Your Crying" and "I Didn't Mean to Hurt You." Mr. Spaceman's trademark ring-tosses of hyperbole -- "I miss you like I miss the water when I'm burning" from "I Didn't Mean to Hurt You" -- are the perfect overstatements to complement Let It Come Down's gliding melodies, harmonies, and dynamics, which run through your ears and penetrate deep into your chest.