With its gentle strings, which could be on loan from The Verve, Embrace or Elbow, 'Little Girl' would nestle as easily on a Radio 2 playlist as 6 Music. The twings and twangs of 'Freedom' and its soft female backing vox smooth things along. Even the quirky organic FX on 'Life Is A Problem', eight-and-a-half minute scuzzrock of 'Headin' For The Top Now' and feedback-led 'I Am Driven' won't really scare off most classic rock fans.
After a short intro, the album is bookended with its finest moments. The clattering Velvets stomp of the two-part epic 'Hey Jane' and tearjerking torch song closer 'So Long You Pretty Thing' featuring the songwriting (and singing) talents of Jason's 11-year-old daughter Poppy.
Jason Pierce isn't breaking any new lyrical ground here. There's the stumbling path of love ("Ain't got time to mess my head with you"), flame-as-metaphor ("Don't play with fire and you'll never get burned"), one-on-one, man-on-man pleading with Christ ("Jesus please be there and take care of me") and the essential hurt of existence ("Sometimes I wish that I was dead/'cos only living can feel the pain"). But these are universal themes, and they're certainly not diminished by repetition.
Sure, it won't be written of in years to come in the same hushed tones as Ladies and Gentlemen..., but the elegiac euphoria of Sweet Heart Sweet Light shows that no matter what his body chucks at him, you can't keep a good Spaceman down.
Tracks to download: 'Hey Jane' 'So Long You Pretty Thing', 'Little Girl', 'I Am What I Am'
If you like this you'll like: The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, My Bloody Valentine
Watch the uncut version of the Spiritualized 'Hey Jane' music video below ( WARNING: ADULT CONTENT):