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Top 50 Songs of 2012: #6, Spiritualized - Hey Jane
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Spiritualized’s “Sweet Heart Sweet Light” opens with a rousing, long-form rock song “Hey Jane”, nearly spanning nine minutes. The track starts off with embellishments of ’90s classic rock taking off on an innocent, engaging story about a girl named Jane. It’s soon that we discover this innocence is about to be abused and mutilated. The instrumentals and performances collapse upon themselves and the song is left to a tempered bass line, where the band begin to struggle on their way to the finish. A cinematic tension builds with a fire of an underdog with nothing to lose. Jane’s story escalates to unseen territory and explodes beautifully into an exciting conclusion built on precise musicianship and calculations. And to follow up the immaculate single is one of the best visual accompaniments to an alt-rock opus seen in recent years; without question, the year’s best music video.
Aside from a close listen and a speck of enthusiasm, there’s nothing that sets U.K. band The Joy Formidable apart from any Britpop or college rock outfit floating about our airwaves lately. But look closer, there’s more than just sophisticated vocabulary in lyrics and arena-sized choruses. Much like an Arcade Fire or an early Oasis, there’s patience required for their album: The Big Roar. With their elements of post-punk and the undeniably rocking female vocals of Ritzy Bryan, The Joy Formidable are one of those aged wine concepts in music. And once you hit the day, they’ll be the only thing you’ll listen to. (7/10)
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