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Spiritualized Dusts Off Oldies At NYC Gig

Stepping away from the grandiose live presentation that has become Spiritualized’s hallmark, frontman Jason Pierce offered up acoustic versions of his catalog Friday (Nov. 16) at New York’s Apollo Theatre.

The artist was backed by a string quartet and gospel choir for the show, which was highlighted early on by the Spacemen 3’s “Walking With Jesus” and a cover of Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You.”

Early Spiritualized single “Feel So Sad” was slow and melodic, with a keyboardist anchoring the tune while Pierce slowly teased the lyrics. Later, the choir morphed the end of “Ladies and Gentlemen We’re Floating in Space” into a rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

A new Spiritualized album is said to be complete and is due sometime next year.

Here is Spiritualized’s set list:

“Setting on Fire”
“Lord Let It Rain on Me”
“True Love Will Find You”
“Cool Waves”
“Going Down Slow”
“Soul On Fire”
“Walking With Jesus”
“Feel So Sad”
“Stop Your Crying”
“All of My Tears”
“Baby I’m Just a Fool”
“Anything More/Ladies and Gentlemen We’re Floating in Space”
“Broken Heart”
“I Think I’m in Love”
“Lord Can You Hear Me?”
“Oh, Happy Day”