CD Through the Devil Softly [Digipak] (CD 6233137),
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Through the Devil Softly [Digipak]

  • 1. Blanchard
    2. Wild Roses
    3. For the Rest of Your Life
    4. Lady Jessica and Sam
    5. Sets the Blaze
    6. Thinking Like That
    7. There's a Willow
    8. Trouble
    9. Fall Aside
    10. Blue Bird
    11. Satellite
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD 308482

  • Credits
    ProducerColm O Ciosoig; Hope Sandoval
    EngineerColm O Ciosoig; Hope Sandoval

    Personnel: Hope Sandoval (vocals); Charles Cullen (guitar, slide guitar); Dave Brennan, Paul McQuillan (guitar); Ji Young Moon (cello); Mick Whelan (piano); Suki Ewers (keyboards); Colm O'Ciosoig, Nigel Cullen (drums); Sylvia Gomez (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: David Trumfio; Jim Putnam.
    Photographer: Mike Prosenko.
    Hope Sandoval basically disappeared from the scene following the release of 2001's BAVARIAN FRUIT BREAD. That album's tender and spooky folk seemed like a nice beginning for her post-Mazzy Star career and her musical partnership with ex-My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm O'Ciosoig promised more goodness to come. But it wasn't until 2009's THROUGH THE DEVIL SOFTLY that the duo reappeared. The album showed that not much had changed musically for them. The hazy, slow motion feel of the music here is of a piece with Sandoval's body of work, the restraint and careful placement of instruments is equally as effective and the songs are haunting, perhaps even more so. Most of all, there's Sandoval's voice, which is as beguiling and bewitching as ever. She makes everything sound like it was recorded at 2:00 AM in the middle of the kind of dream you never want to wake up from. If you look a little deeper, though, there are things that make this album much more successful than Sandoval's debut. The one thing that was somewhat lacking on the first Warm Inventions record were songs with memorable hooks and while this album doesn't exactly scream Top 40 or boast any sing-along choruses, it does at least have more of a sense of melody and forward motion. Tracks like "For the Rest of Your Life," "Trouble and Fall Aside" fit this bill, and "There's a Willow" comes magically close to a straightforward Mazzy Star-like gem. Even the spare ballads and drifting tone poems feel more fleshed out and well constructed this time around. There is a depth of sound and feeling on the record that makes it feel less like a semi-forced continuation of a career and more like a deeply felt work of art--it's a welcome return for fans of her music and for fans of melancholic balladry.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Here, she heads to Ireland for a hippie vibe, evoking Van Morrison circa VEEDON FLEECE in ballads like 'Wild Roses'..."
    Spin (p.86) - "On her second solo effort, the Mazzy Star chanteuse waxes sleepy and resigned over 11 blue-tinted torch songs."
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