‘Songs in A&E’ is the latest album from Spiritualized® that is something of a masterpiece; tragically beautiful with harmonic interludes interspersed between beautifully structured songs that tell tales of love, live and death.
‘Death Take Your Fiddle’ is haunting with its rhythm delivered by the sounds of a struggling body breathing through a ventilator going through its strenuous motions. Yet, at the heart of this song is a determination and bare faced challenge to the omni-present death to try and beat this body down.
‘Borrowed Your Gun’ is delivered like a homage to the return of the Prodigal Son. Broken and torn a son realizes that the life out there isn’t where it needs to be at the heart of it all is a need for a reconciliation with a father that has sat on a porch for years, looking out into the distance waiting for this very day.
‘Baby I’m Just a Fool’ is a beautiful pop melody that is repackaged as a love song with hurt and truth that tells the tale of how love really is: beautiful, hard, wondrous, heartbreaking, joyous, bitter but at the end of the day, so unavoidable and in fact highly sought after despite all of the above.
“So easy to hold your hand, so hard to let it show.
So fucking self-assured, I’d rather let you down than let you go.
There ain’t nowhere you have been that I need to go.
There ain’t nothing you can learn that I need to know.”
The peak of this album comes in the form of ‘Soul on Fire’ with its massive orchestral and choral waves and lyrics that reach for your troubled heart and squeeze it tight.
This is a song that when you hear it for the first time you just know that this is something of wonder. Something that speaks to, of, or for you with its words and musical expressions that seem to be everything that lies in your mind and heart, waiting to escape and make their way to the one you woo.
“Baby, set my soul on fire.
I’ve got too many arms to hold on tight.
And I want to take you higher
Baby, never should say never
Got a hurricane inside my veins
And I wanna stay forever”