A Spiritualized album arriving in 2018 requires one of those moments: we’re really here. It’s been more than 25 years since Lazer Guided Melodies (not to even mention Spacemen 3). That Spiritualized returned in 2012 with Sweet Heart Sweet Light felt like something of a minor miracle. That the band was still so vibrant, still searching, closer to a blessing. And Nothing Hurt arriving in the howling mess that is our present feels closer to mercy.

It’s best to acknowledge right off the bat: where Sweet Light was exploratory, And Nothing Hurt is often comfortable. While both their prior effort and 2008’s Songs in A&E were challenges for the elder band, they’re largely content to play to their strengths here. For an act so known for tapping into the ether, always pushing, their finally (relatively speaking, of course) kicking back and basking a bit turns out to be immeasurably satisfying.

Indeed, album opener ‘A Perfect Miracle’ even seems to consciously call back to ‘Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space’, a smooth transition from our collective memory of the band’s best known song into the now. It wouldn’t be entirely remiss to imagine And Nothing Hurt as akin to Spiritualized's In Rainbows, perhaps a bit deliberate, but all the more rousing for it.

If you hadn’t heard, this is quite likely the band’s swansong, so if affairs feel a bit like a celebration, it’s no mistake. For Jason Pierce, the sole constant in Spiritualized’s storied existence, there are no more mountains to climb, no sights to set his eyes on; at least not from his current vantage point.

As he prepares to leave behind his longest running project, he’s left us with the perfect parting gift: perhaps his warmest, most welcoming work to date. As cheesy as the word may seem applied to music, it’s impossible not to describe And Nothing Hurt as anything but, quite simply, kind. Songs such as ‘Here It Comes (The Road) Let’s Go’ are of the sort in which you’ll want to spend days, presenting you with no reason to wish to leave their giving warmth.

As the fall nears, And Nothing Hurt lays in wait, begging for you to hop in your comfiest chair with your favorite blanket, curl up, and listen. To spend time in the sort of moments we often neglect and even come to find childish amidst adult stress. For 49 minutes, Spiritualized just might be able to help you let yourself go and, yes, drift in space, before returning down to Earth from what’s perhaps their final ride.

Jason Pierce and co. have earned a victory lap. Thankfully, rather than gallivanting about the record, the band are still very much engaged, crafting what can feel like a Greatest Hits of all original material. It serves as both opening ceremony and afterparty, destined to welcome a new crowd, while also the perfect reunion for longtime listeners. Taking on a seemingly impossible mission statement, Spiritualized look both forward and back on And Nothing Hurt. Don’t blame them for making it sound easy.