Jason Pierce alias Spiritualized has finally found his own center. "Sweet Heart Sweet Light" may not be as experimental and grounded as his 2003 masterpiece "Amazing Grace", but never before have all the components in his gigantic sound towers been as balanced as this time. He reaches deep into the treasure trove of rock history, starts with Velvet Underground, makes use of George Harrison and Phil Spector, the Krautrock of the seventies - as an important influence he calls La Düsseldorf -, sips on My Bloody Valentine and reappears on this side of Sonic Youth. He is absolutely immoderate in his choice of means, but here it's fun for a change, because everything fits. The whole album sounds like a collection of offers on the subject of perfect pop, no, not -song, but -classics. Pierce, this is about nothing less than eternity. He knows he's not gonna storm the charts, and he's gonna stay subversive. But in the historical resilience of these collages, which have been devised down to the smallest detail, he wants to make a statement for decades. A little early, perhaps, but beautiful.
Top track: I Am What I Am