Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Playing With Fire represents the apotheosis of Spacemen 3. “Revolution” brought a career of fuzz-infested climaxes to its conclusion, while “Honey” and “I Believe It” unified Pete Kember’s drone-rock obsession with Jason Pierce’s passion for gospel music. “Lord Can You Hear Me” and “May the Circle Be Unbroken” are sublime examples of the gift this band of British druggies had for refashioning gospel in its own image, but the real songwriting growth was embodied in Pierce’s “So Hot (Wash Away All of My Tears).” Sad and disarmingly sensual, the song finds Spacemen 3 transcending their influences and inhabiting the spirit of blues and soul music. A sprawling, melodramatic opus, Playing With Fire is the album Pete Kember and Jason Pierce had been reaching for since Spacemen 3’s beginnings, and its completion signaled not only the pinnacle of the band’s vision, but the beginning of two divergent musical paths for the its twin masterminds.

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