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★★★★ And Noth­ing Hurt BELLA UNION. CD/DL/LP Mae­stro Ja­son Pierce coins aus­ter­ity max­i­mal­ism.

IT’S BEEN six years since Pierce’s last out­ing, Sweet Heart, Sweet Light – longer even than the ges­ta­tion pe­riod for Songs In A&E, dur­ing which he bat­tled dou­ble pneu­mo­nia. His eighth Spir­i­tu­al­ized al­bum was cre­ated up against a global re­ces­sion and on­go­ing record-biz cri­sis. In a cor­ner-cut­ting cul­ture, this ev­ery­thing-but-the-kitchen-sink rock au­teur found him­self priced out of or­ches­tral ses­sions in swanky stu­dios, driven in­stead to self-record on a lap­top in his bed­room. Yet And Noth­ing Hurt emerges of-a-piece with 1997’s Ladies And Gen­tle­men We Are Float­ing In Space, lux­u­ri­ant in its more or­nate ar­range­ments (see lav­ish opener A Per­fect Mir­a­cle), with strings pre­sum­ably sup­planted by synths, and its spasms of Cop Shoot Cop-style skronk may­hem (The Morn­ing Af­ter) sound­ing as if 30-odd free-im­pro­vis­ing noiseniks were si­mul­ta­ne­ously deaf­en­ing Pierce’s neigh­bours. In terms of songcraft, he’s hardly rein­vent­ing his own cir­cu­lar, ro­mance/heart­break wheel, although stand­out Let’s Dance sum­mons a de­lec­ta­ble carpe diem ur­gency. So, an­other in­spi­ra­tional tri­umph over ad­ver­sity.

Spritu­al­ized’s Ja­son Pierce, still float­ing in space.

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