If you’re in any way a regular Flavorwire reader, you’ll probably have noticed that we’ve been quietly beside ourselves for several months now at the prospect of a new Spiritualized album. Sweet Heart Sweet Light is finally here, but we’ve spent the intervening weeks listening to a whole lot of the band’s back catalog — including, of course, their 1997 classic Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. Aside from being one of our favorite albums ever, Ladies and Gentlemen… is one of the best breakup records you’ll ever hear, its conception coinciding with Spiritualized main man Jason Pierce parting ways with keyboard player Kate Radley. Having the record on constant rotation led us to wallowing in some of our other favorite breakup albums — so here are ten of the best.
Spiritualized — Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Jason Pierce’s enduring masterpiece, Ladies and Gentlemen… unfolds like a 70-minute journey through the emotional destruction wrought by a bad breakup, starting with the plaintive lyrical appeal of the title track (“All I want in life’s a little bit of love,” he sings, “to take the pain away”) and moving through self-destructive anger (“Come Together”), despair (“Stay With Me”), numbness (“Home of the Brave”), and eventually sliding away into the white noise self-immolation of “Cop Shoot Cop.”