Abbey Road EP

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Because the new material is rather short, The Abbey Road EP would be better labeled a single than an EP. Compiling "Come Together" and "Broken Heart" from Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space and adding only an instrumental take on "Broken Heart," there's not much that's new on the EP. Still, what's here is very good indeed. "Come Together" is noisy city rock at it's best, blending inspiration from Primal Scream and the Rolling Stones into a fierce call to arms. "Broken Heart" is touching in both of its appearances. The album version sees J Spaceman singing about being "wasted all the time" and drinking "to get you out of my mind." The instrumental version is an interesting surprise; who knew that Spiritualized sounded like an Ennio Morricone spaghetti Western score after the vocals were extracted? The instrumental is haunting and filled to the brim with sweeping orchestral grandiosity. The Abbey Road EP isn't essential by any stretch of the imagination, but it is illuminating in its instrumental coda.

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