There’s a note of resignation to several songs on this year’s Spiritualized album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light. On “Headin’ For The Top Now”, Jason Pierce concedes, “In our haste to find a little more from life / We didn’t notice that we’d died”, while on closing track “So Long You Pretty Things”, he sneers, “The music that you played so hard / Ain’t on your radio”. It’s not like he’s definitely given up the game, but he seems pretty resolved with hitting rock-bottom again and again.

All that comes to a head on “Mary“, in which he delivers the ultimate blow. Over a sultry groove and Eastern strings, he sings,

“Mary! You know we both had dreams / But you’re the one who got to live them instead.”

There speaks a man who’s seen disappointment stretched out across decades.

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