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With leader Jason Pierce pushing his vocals closer to the front of the mix in recent years, Sweet Heart Sweet Light again finds Spiritualized coming close to accessible pop music in key spots. It provides clarity to a music that previously excelled as an oblique blur. "Too Late" cruises near convention, with a gentle folk melody that could pass for a Mojave 3 number. Elsewhere, there's still plenty of sonic detail; buzzing fuzz and psychedelic orchestration make "Get What You Deserve" a looping narcotic hit that ends in a torrent of feedback. "Headin' for the Top Now" dives deeper into the distorted sonic soup that made Pierce's work with Spacemen 3 such a welcome enigma. Weirdest of all is the unexpected team-up with New Orleans' gumbo-voodoo legend Dr. John for the co-written "I Am What I Am," where both artists find a way to make their presence felt and reach a common ground, where gospel vamps marry Pierce's harshest sonic attacks.

Customer Reviews

so good

this album is so chill and so brilliant. everything from the lyrics to the music/talent, song structure is perfect and bone chilling. one of the best albums ive heard in a long time. buy it, every song is amazing. one of jasons great masterpieces.

splendor of 1997

Jason Pierce brought another fantastic album. It reminds me of Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. He did it again.


I'm love this album. One of their best. Easily one of the best of this year.


Formed: 1989 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed from the ashes of the trance-rockers Spacemen 3, singer/guitarist Jason Pierce's group Spiritualized did not break away from his prior band's trademark hypnotic minimalism; instead, they perfected it. Drawing on the continued influence of the Velvet Underground, La Monte Young, and Steve Reich, Spiritualized staked out a common ground between minimalism and lush symphonics -- while powered by simple, repetitious motifs, their songs simultaneously blossomed into rich, shimmering sonic panoramas...
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