Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light (2012) / Rating: 4/5
Jason Pierce, the leader of Spiritualized has had a long interest in creating new music that sounds more like a throwback to an earlier time in rock history. Over the years that direction has changed in small ways, but Pierce has always maintained a nostalgic feel to his music. “Sweet Heart Sweet Light” continues his pursuit of creating great music that mixes both gospel and rock. Although his lyrics often contain religious overtones, and even taking his band’s name into consideration, Pierce still insists that he’s not a religious person. He seems to only use those themes to become more self reflective with his lyrics and song writing. This record is a lot more grandiose and epic sounding than probably any of the other Spiritualized albums. It’s not quite the shoegazing sound that was present in the 1990’s. However, at this point the band has become much more than something that fits into only one genre, Pierce has made sure of that. Tracks like “Too Late”, and “Freedom” sound like something from a 1970’s Kinks album, “I Am What I Am” is much more of a gospel and blues influenced track, and the final song “So Long You Pretty Things” is a tribute to David Bowie. So you can see there are influences coming from a few different places. There’s been a couple of albums I’ve listened to this year that try to invoke a retro rock sound, but I think Sweet Heart Sweet Light does the best at capturing the spirit of the music.
//post by scott
Buy/Listen: Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light