Pierce and company sound infinitely more live and direct here than on previous efforts. The sultry acoustic balladry of "Hold On" is probably the simplest thing Pierce has recorded since his early Spacemen 3 days -- and consequently one of the most moving. His songwriting strengths shine more clearly than ever, because there's less studio gloss for them to fight through. Fans of Spiritualized's bombastic past may feel empty afterward, but with Amazing Grace, Pierce has achieved a perfect balance between his traditional blues-rock leanings and his appetite for studio excess.
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