Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Year by year: 2012


I thought I should do the postmodern thing and put The North Sea Scrolls in here (one of the most memorable concerts of my life – in the nippy atmosphere of St. Pancras Church in London), but that would be, what, Luke Haines’s fourth appearance in this series. No way am I doing that.

Speaking of Spiritualized, Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space is unquestionably their peak (either that or the famed Royal Albert Hall concert). But it wasn’t released in 2012, and besides, Sweet Heart Sweet Light is bloody wonderful.

Jason Pierce is the king of a two-chord melody, and this is as much a space rock album as it is a pop album. Racket (“Heading For The Top”) mixed with almost excessive sweetness (“Freedom” is frankly teetering on the edge). “Too Late” may be Pachelbel all over again, but Jason can do that better than anyone else. “Hey Jane” is phenomenal and “So Long You Pretty Thing” is nearly Wagnerian in its Gargantuan scope. 

Great cover, too.