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Sweet Heart Sweet Light

SpiritualizedAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B0071BY0LQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 release, the seventh album from the eccentric British Alt-Rock outfit led by Jason Pierce. The band spent two years recording the album, in three different cities and frontman Pierce spent another year mixing it at home.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Spiritualized never did what I wanted them to do. When I heard "Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space", I wanted them to be another Sigur Ros. They aren't, never have been, and aren't now. And boy am I glad, because what they do is wonderful. After "Songs in A&E", Jason Pierce's deeply beautiful and interesting meditation on a near death experience (interestingly, largely written before he actually had a near death experience) I wasn't sure which way he'd go. He went big. The album opens with a hypnotic instrumental, and segues quickly into "Hey Jane", which is a simply wonderful jangle rock tune that starts great and just gets grander, ending 8 minutes later in a blissed out reverb drenched singalong: "Sweet heart, sweet light, sweet heart, and love of my life" he sings, sounding utterly sincere and affirming. An absolutely wonderful amazing way to open the album. "Headin' for the Top Now" stars out with a noisy crunchy guitar drone and then overlays a honky-tonk piano, then Pierce comes in with a world weary vocal that manages to channel the Stone Roses and Mick Jagger with attitude to spare. Huh? Yea. Exactly. "Mary", beautiful and soft on beginning, but evolving with a spare but funky guitar into a blues fueled chant. "Mary, you know this life's so sweet...Mary, you know we both have dreams but you're the one who gotta live them instead" Pierce sings while layers and layers of guitars and strings,not to mention layers of vocals pile on into an ecstasy of fuzzed out wonder. This album is long, slow and detailed, full of touches that reveal themselves over time, but is not delicate or precious--it is sincere, ambitious, and a very fulfilling listen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful...uplifting...mesmerizing...mindblowing April 21, 2012
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Upon hearing 'Sweet Heart Sweet Light' for the first time a couple days back, my initial thoughts were, "Well, this sounds pretty much exactly as I expected it to sound." But by the end of that same listen, I realized, "No, this is the sound Jason Pierce has been striving towards since...well....ever." Or it least since the late 90's. Sure, there are choirs, strings, drug references, God references, etc., all with a slight gospel-y bent to it all. It wouldn't be a Spiritualized album without all that. The band are almost a genre unto themselves, with a sound no other act would dare borrow for fear of coming off as complete rip-off artists. And now that sound has been perfected, imo. This coming from someone who's been slightly burnt-out on this band the past few years, even though I thought their last album, 2008's 'Songs in A & E', was a pretty strong album.

Unlike Spiritualized's previous albums from the past decade, 'Sweet Heart Sweet Light' is packed with the grandiose, epic jams fans came to expect in the 90's, such as the 9-minute lead track (after the short intro) "Hey Jane," an excellent psych rave-up that builds and builds to an ecstasy-filled crescendo that literally caused the clouds to part, the sun to come out, and rainbows to shoot all over the sky during my first listen. OK, that may not have REALLY happened, but it did for me. Just you wait. No pharmaceutical help needed, but it certainly couldn't hurt! "Little Girl," one of the shorter, more straight-forward tracks, yet still filled with horns, strings, female backing vocals, etc., has one of the most infectious choruses I've ever heard, and it's over all too soon, which is not a bad thing, as it never became redundant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritualized = Spiritualized May 31, 2012
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Jason Pierce has a formula. For many of us (including me) it works, so this album is good stuff. For those who do not know it, just buy one of his last 3-4 albums, and you'll get the idea. It goes something like this: 6-7 ballads with a mix of gospel-esque chorus and gentle string and/or piano accompaniments (or flat-out remixes of gospel favorites). Add some Jesus-be-my-savior-because-I'm-a-sinner lyrics. Subtract about 2 minutes of unlistenable discordant "improv." Add one or two faster-paced songs to get the toes tapping. Repeat every 3 years or so. That's it, and it is what it is.

Again, if you love the direction Spiritualized has taken since Laser Guided Melodies and Electric Mainline, you'll have a bunch of new(ish) sings to listen to and enjoy. I like it, though I hold to my belief that Laser Guided was his best work. There is not a lot here that is new or groundbreaking, but if you like the formula, you'll like the recording.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big and Beautiful, a New Spaceman Classic May 7, 2012
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The reviews are in and the word is out. The new Spiritualized record, titled Sweet Heart, Sweet Light, is the Spaceman's best new long player since his signature work, 1997's pill-infected Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space. But wait, isn't every new Spiritualized album - save for maybe 2003's Saving Grace - the great new Spiritualized record? Jason "Spaceman" Pierce, originally known for his work in Spaceman 3, makes great records that are often huge productions. Sweet Heart, which took two years to record and a year to mix, is another great production, and probably the band's most worthy great new album in 10 years, if not since Ladies was released 15 years ago.

Here we have what appears to almost instantly be the most accessible batch of songs the Spaceman has ever written, many of which are fleshed out by big string arrangements, powerful riffs, choral arrangements and Pierce's sweet, slacker voice (think Liam Gallagher, on downers). Along for the ride are plenty of mid-range hitters, including Pierce's daughter, Poppy Spaceman, Icelandic band Amiina, NOLA legend Dr. John, The Magic Numbers frontman Romeo Stodart and guitar stud Tony Foster. And, well, about 100 other contributors, many of which either helped out with the mixing and recording process or sang in the Spiritualized Choir. A grand recording, surely, and one that I think could cement Pierce's legacy as one of the most ambitious - if still little known outside of the art rock world - album makers of his time. Simply put, the man knows how to go all the way without losing sight of the song, and new tracks like "Mary," single "Hey Jane" and the epic "Headin' For the Top Now" are some the best examples of this rare ability yet in his deep canon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
"So long you pretty things" is almost a perfect song. Jason Spaceman is a genius! Buy his record, it's incredible
Published 5 months ago by kmz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Probably one of my favorite Spiritualized CDs. I'm more into the melodic, less noise, side of the band and this CD covers it nicely. Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. Dansby
3.0 out of 5 stars Spiritualized ...
"Bewilderment" is the first word that came to mind after listening to Huh? by Spiritualized, which is, and always has been a Jason Pierce [J. Spaceman] effort ... Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. Kesler
2.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for m3u samples
Long time big fan of these guys. Saw them once back in '02 - greatest show I'd ever seen. Totally different band now - saw them two months ago and it was one of the worst shows... Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by A customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritualized! - GET WHAT YOU DESERVE - Superb
The most ecstatic state peaking in full bloom...
An amazing masterpiece rising up to the grand sounds of all things Spiritualized...
Get what you deserve ... Read more
Published on September 8, 2012 by Willie Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
To offset the 3 and 2 star reviews here I thought I'd put in my 2 cents. To be brief, I've been waiting for the Spaceman to release something that could match Ladies and... Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by Uncle E
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
Huge Spacemen 3 fan here. I look at my cd collection and find i have every Spiritualized album and i marvel at how consistently sweet their catalogue's been: and what a welcome... Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by chongo memongo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album- Bought it twice
This is one of the few that I bought twice in both physical and digital formats. I've heard a few Spiritualized songs in passing but am not familiar with the band by any stretch of... Read more
Published on June 8, 2012 by John L
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritualized is Out of this world!
Great LP, Diffrent than the rest of Jasons work. I needed something new and this CD was just what the doctor ordered.
Published on May 24, 2012 by Scribby
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album of the year so far
Epic choruses, uplifting music, attention to the smallest musical detail, strong universal lyrics, visionary...... Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by Morris's Codex
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