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Bavarian Fruit Bread [Digipak]
3. Butterfly Mornings
4. On the Low
5. Baby Let Me
6. Feeling of Gaze
8. Clear Day
9. Bavarian Fruit Bread
10. Around My Smile
11. Lose Me on the Way
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD 308702
Full performer name: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions: Hope Sandoval (vocals, guitar, harmonica, glockenspiel, keyboards); Colm O Ciosoig (guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, background vocals); Julian Goldwhite, Bert Jansch, Paul Mc Quillan, Mike Prosenko (guitar); Ji-Young Moon (cello); Arve Henrickson (trumpet); Julian Alan Brown, Jill Emery (bass); Colm O'Ciosoig (drums).
Engineers: Colm O Ciosoig, Helge Sten, Scott Campbell.
Personnel: Hope Sandoval (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, glockenspiel, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Helge Sten.
Hope Sandoval is best known as the vocalist and figurehead of Mazzy Star. The alternative rock act issued three albums in the '90s and even had a hit single ("Fade Into You"), but nevertheless disbanded following the release of 1996's AMONG MY SWAN. Sandoval then mysteriously disappeared from the music world for nearly five years. The sultry chanteuse's first full-length solo effort BAVARIAN FRUIT BREAD served as her comeback.
Although a band dubbed the Warm Inventions--a conglomeration of 10 studio musicians--shares equal billing, it is Sandoval who is really the focal point. The somber singer plays the majority of the instruments and it is her breathy, laconic voice that carries each tune. The signature psychedelic guitar wail provided of former collaborator David Roback has been replaced with sparse strings and spatially conscious arrangements that hide behind Sandoval's whispered words. Highlights include "Lose Me on the Way" and "Charlotte," songs that sound as if they were recorded in a hollow cathedral. Slightly more upbeat numbers ("Suzanne" and "On the Low") provide subtle contrast with a harmonica-aided, bluesy atmosphere.
Spin (12/01, p.162) - 7 out of 10 - "...This is what a Siren 'sounds' like..."
Q (11/01, p.128) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...Remarkable presence....a more somnambulant version of Mazzy Star's already narcoleptic folk rock..."
Uncut (12/01, p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Slower than slow, softer than soft, the songs acquire an accumulative resonance..."
Alternative Press (2/02, p.65) - Ranked #24 in AP's "25 Best Albums of 2001".
Alternative Press (12/01, p.94) - 9 out of 10 - "...Consistently intriguing and very good..."
CMJ (10/15/01, p.12) - "...This record must be some sort of comfort food....so put the kettle on before popping inthis fuzzy mix in the stereo..."
Mojo (Publisher) (11/01, p.101) - "...A very haunting, beautiful record."
NME (Magazine) (11/24/01, p.34) - 7 out of 10 - "...Sexless beauty 'in excelsis'..."
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