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8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20

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  1. Apr 17, 2012
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If you've heard the previous three Spiritualized albums, then you've already heard Sweet Heart Sweet Light. The album sounds more uplifting than the previous three albums, but the overall sound is dull. More songs about God, Jesus, the Lord, something set on fire, something being on a roll, about how he's not getting into heaven, etc.. That said, there are four good songs on the album and "Hey Jane" is by far the best song I've heard in years. Too bad the album goes downhill after track 2. Expand
  2. Apr 20, 2012
    6
    Pretty typical post-Floating in Space Spiritualized. Nothing new lyrically here - plenty of brooding about religion, death, etc., though I would say it's more upbeat Pierce's past productions. There are some really great moments here: Hey Jame reminds me of Ghost is Born era Wilco with its breezy guitar shading into harsh distortion and Mary is a slinky, fuzzy blues piece that representsPretty typical post-Floating in Space Spiritualized. Nothing new lyrically here - plenty of brooding about religion, death, etc., though I would say it's more upbeat Pierce's past productions. There are some really great moments here: Hey Jame reminds me of Ghost is Born era Wilco with its breezy guitar shading into harsh distortion and Mary is a slinky, fuzzy blues piece that represents Spiritualized at its best. But the album as a whole just isn't memorable for me. Certainly this reveals a bias of mine, but when I more or less already know how an album is going to sound before it's released, I have a hard time being that enthusiastic in review. Expand
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81

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. May 10, 2012
    89
    Broken never sounded so divine.
  2. May 2, 2012
    84
    It's easily one of the strongest efforts of 2012 thus far.
  3. 90
    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.