Spiritualized

Medication

  • AllMusic Rating
    8
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

The follow-up to Lazer Guided Melodies, "Medication" offers the first real taste of the monolithic rock & roll perfected on later Spiritualized records like Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space; an eight-minute epic channeling the spirits of everyone from Phil Spector to the Doors to MC5 (the latter is also visually referenced via the Back in the U.S.A. t-shirt Jason Pierce sports on the cover), it somehow evokes both the celestial beauty of the cosmos and the smack-fueled grit of the underground in one fell swoop. Far more majestic and cacophonous than the re-recorded version that leads off the Pure Phase album, "Medication" is in many ways Pierce's "Born to Run," a searingly personal and unrepentant valediction of outsider life that, like the Springsteen classic, seems best summarized by the famous Greil Marcus quote likening its power to "a '57 Chevy running on melted-down Crystals records," even if vinyl is far from the only substance making Pierce's motor run. A pair of outstanding BBC session cuts, "Angel Sigh" and "Feel So Sad," as well as the self-explanatory ambient exploration "Space," round out the package.