As it turns out, there's plenty for the rest of us to appreciate, too. The Complete Works kicks off with both sides of the very first Spiritualized seven-inch, originally released in 1990. What's remarkable about the tunes is how expansive a sound Pierce was already mustering; the Spacemen were no slackers in terms of twisting sheets of raw noise into pretty shapes, but on "Anyway" (a cover of a Troggs hit from the mid-'60s), Pierce opens up that guitar squall wide enough to introduce a string section and lightheaded harmony vocals. There's collectors-only nonsense here, for sure, but most of Complete Works proves that Pierce's talent does in fact transcend the expense account.
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