Skip to main content

Album Reviews


Music > Album Review


Spiritualized
- Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Drum Album Of The Week: Another triumphant offering from a mad genius.

Apr 10th 2012 | Label: Domino

It has been almost four years since Jason Pierce, the smarts behind space-rock band Spritualized, released a record. Sweet Heart Sweet Light is the result and was worth the wait, a complete revelation for a guy that has lived a well-documented rock-star lifestyle that included cheating death back in 2005 when he was hospitalised following a bout of severe pneumonia. He seems to have come out of it all feeling OK and the seventh studio album is evidence of this. Where the emancipation of Songs In A & E hinted at a reborn person, Sweet Heart… propels Pierce's vision forth, opening with his indulgence for movie scores, eventually evolving into a rock album. Combining the feedback pedal (hey, how about a symphony orchestra?), the odd gospel elements (hey! Is there room for horns?) it's all here in the lush DIY style, a style that he invented, which melds British rock with an obvious affection for Southern States music.

The epic Too Late picks up where 2008's Soul On Fire left off and features at a halfway point that traverses music in all its shapes and forms, from straight rock'n'roll, to mesmerising musical scores and back to a man, a guitar and a piano. His distinct vocal has never been a polished thing and it's what makes his songs, these songs, such a joy to listen too. Yes, there are the more experimental moments where a track will sound like a five-minute intro, but it's intended perhaps to enhance listening to the album as a whole or making the more creative songs more prolific.

Another triumphant offering from a mad genius.

FACT FILE

Length: 11 tracks, 60 minutes
Moods: Lush, symphonic, vibrant

DID YOU KNOW?

The three years since the release of 2008's acclaimed Songs In A&E, were some of the roughest imaginable for Jason Pierce aka J. Spaceman.

“When you make a record, it has to be the single most important thing in your world. This time around, I wanted to do something that encompassed all I love in rock'n'roll music. It's got everything from Brotzmann and Berry right through to Dennis and Brian Wilson. I'm obsessed with music and the way you put it together and I don't believe there are any rules,” Says J. Spaceman about his new record.

Shortly after recording Sweet Heart Sweet Light, J. Spaceman was subjected to six months of medical treatment, a procedure that left him virtually housebound while he mixed the album.

In a first for Spiritualized, J. Spaceman is joined on vocals by his 11 year old daughter Poppy Spaceman, on So Long You Pretty Thing, who also wrote the opening verse.

J. Spaceman has for more than 20 years been the singer, songwriter and philosophical pulse of Spiritualized. Over the course of six albums, Spaceman has pondered questions of life, love, mortality, beauty and his own drug use and abuse.

Comments

Related Articles



Poster IT

Connect with The Music

Subscribe to Daily Newsletter

Galleries

<span>HTRK</span><br />The Spiegeltent

HTRK
The Spiegeltent

<span>Iceage</span><br />The Brightside

Iceage
The Brightside

<span>Luca Brasi</span><br />Ding Dong Lounge

Luca Brasi
Ding Dong Lounge

<span>Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings</span><br />Melbourne Town Hall

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Melbourne Town Hall

<span>Timberwolf</span><br />The Standard Bowl

Timberwolf
The Standard Bowl

<span>Banoffee</span><br />Goodgod Small Club

Banoffee
Goodgod Small Club

<span>Bonjah</span><br />Newtown Social Club

Bonjah
Newtown Social Club

<span>Boy & Bear</span><br />Sydney Opera House

Boy & Bear
Sydney Opera House

<span>Sara Bareilles</span><br />City Recital Hall

Sara Bareilles
City Recital Hall

this week's magazine

Digital Version
Airlie Beach Music Festival Australasian Worldwide Music Expo Beyond The Valley BIGSOUND Bleach Festival Blue Mountains Music Festival Blues At Bridgetown Bluesfest Brisbane Festival Brunswick Music Festival Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival Caloundra Music Festival Campfire Festival CoLAB Deni Blues & Roots Dungog Festival Earth Frequency Festival Fairbridge Folk Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Festival Of The Sun Follow The Sun Festival Gorgeous Festival Great Southern Blues Festival Gympie Music Muster HyperFest JamGrass Music Festival Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival Just For Laughs Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Lost Paradise Manifest Melbourne Music Week Meredith Music Festival Mitchell Creek Rock 'n' Blues MOFO Mullum Music Festival Nannup Music Festival Noosa Jazz Festival NYE On The Hill Originals Music Festival Out On The Weekend Outlet Music Festival OutsideIn Paradise Music Festival Poison City Weekender Port Fairy Folk Festival Queenscliff Music Festival Rainbow Serpent Festival Riverboats Music Festival Rottofest Soulfest Soulfest Soulfest Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Southbound Splendour In The Grass Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Strawberry Fields Subsonic Sugar Mountain Festival Sydney Country Music Festival Sydney Fringe Festival Tamworth Country Music Festival The Blurst Of Times Festival The Hills Are Alive Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering Valley Fiesta WOMAdelaide Woodford Folk Festival Yours And Owls

The Music Store

Australasian Music Industry Directory
The ultimate print sourcebook for all the contacts…
Jun 18th 2014
Arts Advertising Packages
The Music Arts Packages provide promotion in The Music…
Jun 18th 2014
Indie Band Advertising Packages
The Music Indie Band Packages provide promotion in…
Jun 18th 2014
Galleon Krueger for Sale
Galleon Krueger Bass Amplifier. 1001RB As new, current…
Jul 12th 2014
Jazz guitarists wanted for weekend jams.
We are a bass and drums unit rehearsing in St Peters…
Jul 12th 2014
Premier Sydney Punk/Rock Band seeks Drummer
One of Sydneys Premier Punk Rock Bands seeks energetic…
Jun 18th 2014

Listen