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  • Audio CD (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B007E32OV4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hey Jane
2. Little Girl
3. You Get What You Deserve
4. Too Late
5. Headin For The Top Now
6. Freedom
7. I Am What I Am
8. Mary
9. Life Is A Problem
10. So Long You Pretty Thing

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Critically acclaimed seventh studio album by the British space rock band. Produced by band member Jason Pierce, the album features the song 'Hey Jane' and reached #19 in the UK Albums Chart.

BBC Review

Over the course of 25 years of making music with Spacemen 3 and later Spiritualized, Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) has set a sonic template from which he’s never really deviated. Spiritualized albums somehow seem to stand apart from the pop landscape, clad in stone. Pierce’s inimitable brand of psychedelic space-rock is at once minimalist and unashamedly dense, simple structures fuel-injected with reverb-laden guitars, flights of strings and booming choirs. His lyrical preoccupations also orbit around a relatively set core of themes: death, life and the astral middle ground between spirituality and religion, all suffused with bucketloads of redemptive rock‘n’roll.

Of course, Pierce’s fixed course tends to make Spiritualized a divisive prospect. For every diehard fan there’s someone else wondering what all the fuss is about. Sweet Heart Sweet Light, Spiritualized’s seventh studio album, isn’t going to change any of that. This is a Spiritualized album down to its marrow, replete with the Velvet Underground-meets-Brian Wilson melodies, symphonic crescendos and widescreen riffs that Pierce has made his own since the beginning.

Hey Jane finds him in boisterous spirits, his defiant declarations (“show ‘em what you can do”) borrowing some muscle from a typically steamrolling riff before the song disintegrates and gradually puts itself back together with a sunny backing chant. The gorgeous strings of Too Late, meanwhile, follow the classic Pierce heart-rending mould; the simplicity of his plaintive lyrics gives the song an intimacy that cuts through the Bacharach-esque orchestration. His unfussy lyrical style might occasionally prove weak, and lines like “Send me a signal and I will receive / Jesus, please be there and take care of me,” might seem silly on the page – but from Pierce’s lips this sounds like a doomed soul’s final surrender. Given his near-deadly bout of double pneumonia in 2005 and his extensive medical treatment during the mixing of this album, you get the feeling it’s the kind of thought he’s not entirely unfamiliar with.

The album’s lush, generous production is in keeping with Pierce’s reputation as a bona-fide behind-the-desk obsessive (an audiophile face-off between Pierce and Kevin Shields would be tough, albeit enjoyable, to call). His perfectionism pays off on tracks like I Am What I Am, which crackles with a fierce energy that holds its primal atmosphere together amid a growing cacophony of spasming blues and sassy backing singers.

In conclusion, then: it’s a Spiritualized album, and a great one.

--Chris Lo

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Gilmour's cat on 27 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is the most exciting Spiritualized album for a while. A strong pop sensibility mixes with an out-there experimentation and comes out sounding very special. A few Velvet Underground references seem to be in there, not least the title's nod to White Light / White Heat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S Kelk on 11 May 2012
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After the first couple of listens I was concerned that this was just a "Spiritualized-by-numbers" exercise - Initially it all sounds very familiar in terms of both subject matter and arrangements and nothing immediately grabs your attention (apart from Hey Jane). But give it a bit more time and gradually every track snaps into focus and the classic Spiritualized sense of euphoria builds leaving you with a smile on the face and tear in the eye. I can't tell yet whether this is as good as Ladies & Gentlemen... (it's too early to say - the drug hasn't fully worked it's way through the system yet - hence 4 stars), but early indications are that it could be.

And one more thing - someone please put a preservation order on Jason Pierce! - We need to make sure he keeps making albums of this quality for as long as possible - There is currently no alternative medication available.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By juju on 11 May 2012
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abslotuely brilliant, beyondest of beyond... everything i ever hoped for and more
long long may it ring
loud in my ears & heart forever
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E.True on 19 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
Buy this on lovely double white vinyl and enjoy. If you are a fan you know what to expect & who cares if there's no new ground here you either love this band or not.Pure aural listening pleasure for the true music fan.
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