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Editors’ Notes

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

Amazing.. as usual.

A truly expansive piece of work with soaring symphonies and genuine emotion through every song.
Not as raw and emotional as Ladies and Gentlemen, but could anything really be.

Picking up from where Songs in A&E left off...

Hey Jane paved the way, and Spiritualized are back with a welcome return to form. Even on the first listen, the album is just pure Spiritualized, with not a single filler song.


Simply brilliant and pure Spiritualized. Nothing else gets a listen at the moment. Who else but Jason could make songs about ending a relationship so uplifting? The crowning moment is So Long You Pretty Thing with the verses a prayer to God to help him end the relationship and the repeated choruses the triumphant, liberating moment of finally ending it. I defy anyone not to like it. Hammond organ, violins, guitars, synths and banjo working together in a huge wall of sound. Truly exceptional.


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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