Picks and Pans Review: Pure Phase

updated 04/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Spiritualized

This British threesome's second album sounds like the musical equivalent of a spectacular light show. Ambient and heavy on psychedelic caresses, Pure Phase is a healthy dose of narcotic rock that won't leave you nodding off—imagine the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds floating over Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. "Medication" opens the album and sets its tone, combining front-man Jason Pierce's fey, whispered vocals, droning organ lines and cascading guitars. Meanwhile "Electric Phase" is electric alright and about as explosive as one of Neil Young's feedback outbursts. Trippy as its trancelike tunes get, Pure Phase is too gorgeous and intense to be mere music to inhale to. (Dedicated/Arista)

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