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Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2012 Ratings: #105 / 944
Year End Rank: #37
User Score
Based on 166 ratings
2012 Ratings: #39
April 17, 2012 / Release Date
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Fat Possum / Label
Space Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

Truly, Sweet Heart, Sweet Light is one of those gorgeous things and, if nothing else, the most profound late statement Spaceman has given us in a decade.

90
Consequence of Sound

Sweet Heart, Sweet Light covers a broad aural spectrum from surrealistic haze to outward pop and as such, is some of Jason Pierce’s and Spiritualized’s best material since Ladies and Gentlemen.

88
Pitchfork

It's not a drastic transformation as much as an acute refinement.

85
Beats Per Minute

Spiritualized have mastered the use of these instruments to be able to lift a song effortlessly from its standard verse into a magnificent chorus.

83
A.V. Club

From its opening moments, in fact, Sweet Heart packs in one of Pierce’s most impressive works yet. 

80
Under The Radar

Iit's another resounding triumph for Pierce.

80
PopMatters

Though there’s no shortage of beauty or orchestral decoration on Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the influence of a middle age precipice on those pop trappings gives the album a rare and yes, spiritual, power.

80
musicOMH

This is the best and most complete set of songs Spiritualized have made since Ladies And Gentlemen. 

80
The 405

His tendency for perfection shines through once again on an album put together by an obsessive personality – in more than one sense.

70
NME

This record is, as you’d expect, by turns breathtaking, entrancing, deafening and challenging, and Spiritualized are still the Vatican of bands.

60
Drowned in Sound

The atmosphere of utter, abject sorrow is never properly established enough to get your guts and I don’t get my gateway track.

itsyahboinoah
89
I have never listen to any of Spiritualized discography but after hearing this album, i damn will now. Their LP "Truly, Sweet Heart, Sweet Light" coat a wide array of space rock, chamber pop and neo-psychedelia that feels more purification with the blissful soundscape.Their single track alone "Hey Jane" is a great example of the band displaying a catchy melody and evolving throughout the tune. Some tracks of the track-list feels more uplifting and cheerful. One of the best ... read more
SmooglyReviews
75
This album, is one I'm pretty conflicted about.

There are some great moments on this album. His singing is still stunning. This album has much more energy than anything he's released in the past decade. He seems to be doing better. The slower ballads are as breathtakingly beautiful as ever. It's a good album but it's a bit inconsistent.

What I mean by this is in the beginning of the album there are definite songs I didn't like sprinkled in every other song, which made the flow of the album ... read more
Cape90
83
Fav. Tracks: Hey Jane, Little Girl, Heading for the Top, I Am What I Am, Life Is a Problem, So Long You Pretty Things
Least Fav. Tracks: Get What You Deserve, Freedom.
VividAids
88
While not reaching the level of LAGWAFIS, the psychedelic rock and stories told embolden Spiritualized's name as that of top quality rock.
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Track List

  1. Hey Jane 
  2. Little Girl 
  3. Get What You 
  4. Too Late 
  5. Heading for the Top 
  6. Freedom 
  7. I Am What I Am 
  8. Mary 
  9. Life Is a Problem 
  10. So Long You Pretty Things
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Added on: December 7, 2011