Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Released: Apr 2012
Label: Fat Possum Records
The music of Spiritualized often flirts with the edge -- the consequences of living on it and the results of falling over it. 2008's Songs in A&E saw an ailing Jason Pierce contemplating that plunge, but on this follow-up, he sounds rejuvenated, even grateful at times -- see rockers "I Am What I Am" and "Hey Jane," in which he sings the album's title with genuine satisfaction. He's still chronically obsessed with the end, though, and that means the music remains mostly bold, intense and unabashedly grand: Even the instruments themselves sound terrified, as if they know their cacophonous fate.
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