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CD Review: Spiritualized

Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum)

Spiritualized ringleader Jason Pierce isn't immune to '90s nostalgia. It provided an excellent opportunity to revisit his band's 1997 masterwork Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space during a 2009 tour, which helped inform the new Sweet Heart Sweet Light. On 2008's Songs in A&E, Pierce chronicled his near-death experience from pneumonia; on their seventh album, he's somewhere between fearing death and embracing life. But his sentiments don't involve much complexity: Pierce's 11-year-old daughter gets writing credit for "So Long You Pretty Thing"'s opening couplet, but she could have written any number of the verses here. It's a good thing the sounds are so bright and beautiful, and as gospel-inflected and outward-reaching as you'd expect. — Michael Tkach

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