Brit experimentalists Spiritualized—Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) and friends—are back with their latest aural adventure.

Brit experimentalists Spiritualized—Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) and friends—are back with their latest aural adventure. No 100-piece orchestra this time ("Let It Come Down," 2001), just a potpourri of sonic hypotheses for your cerebrum. The boys start out sounding like Stooges clones with the raw rockers "This Little Life of Mine" and "She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)," then go karma chameleon with the countrified ballad "Hold On," the space odyssey "Oh Baby," the Dylan simulacra "Lord Let It Rain on Me" and the gospel-tinged "Lay It Down Slow." Pierce and company move artfully between extremes —the forlorn "The Ballad of Richie Lee" would be at home in a Coen brothers film, while "The Power and the Glory" is all trippy jazz. A new chapter in the evolution of an intriguing band.—AZ