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Bavarian Fruit Bread

Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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The delicious dichotomy between darkness and light, the space between inspiration and the manifestation of thought, is where Hope Sandoval’s music and lyrics catch fire. Through The Devil Softly, her second album with Warm Inventions partner Colm Ó Cíosóig ... Read more in Amazon's Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions Store

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  • Audio CD (7 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • ASIN: B00005Q590
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Drop
2. Suzanna
3. Butterfly
4. On The Low
5. Baby Let Me
6. Feeling Of Gaze
7. Charlotte
8. Clear Day
9. Bavarian Fruit Bread
10. Around Smile
11. Lose Me On The Way

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Bavarian Fruit Bread was originally released on Rough Trade but has been out of print in recent years. Reissued at a mid-price level to coincide with the new album, it is a gorgeous slice of minimalist folk pop, with Sandoval's gorgeous vocals sitting atop often sparse acoustic instrumentation.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is absolutely Tops 12 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
Being a fan of Mazzy Star for quite a while, I was keen to hear Hope Sandoval's first solo outing (apart from the At The Doorway Again EP and the stuff with the Chemical Brothers and the Jesus and Mary Chain). I can tell you now that since I got this LP, nothing else has been on my cd player (and I have a big cd collection with [in my opinion] a lot of really good stuff in it).
Hope's voice is as deliciously narcotic as usual, at the same time languid and sorrowful, and if anything the tracks are even more laid-back than Mazzy Star... perfect music for any time, stone-cold chilled and sweeter than a kiss.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and Haunting 1 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is indeed ethereal music, but not quite in the sense that Enya for instance is ethereal. There is more of a eerie and haunted sound here, but there's exquisite beauty within that sound.
These are all good tracks, but most notable are "Suzanne", "On The Low", "Feeling Of Gaze", "Charlotte, "Clear Day", and "Around My Smile". There is a melancholy mood here, but not depressive as Natalie Merchant's MOTHERLAND might seem to many. This is meditative, relaxing music, and yet there is depth to it.
Highy recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year! 7 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
We had to wait for quite some time for this album, but it definitely was worth the wait !
Hope Sandoval proves that there is life after Mazzy Star. Because of Hope's amazing voice, this album sounds like Mazzy Star. There are differences as well. The songs are more laid-back than the songs on Mazzy Star albums. Hope gives us a cd which makes day-dreaming easier than ever. Great songs, great atmosphere ! One of the better albums of the year !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warmly invented 22 Mar 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Her wispy, soft vocals were the biggest highlight of Mazzy Star's smoky pop. But now that that much-missed band is gone, Hope Sandoval sets out as a solo artist, in the enchanting "Bavarian Fruit Bread." If you can't have Mazzy Star, then this is a pretty good alternative.

It opens with an acoustic guitar playing a slow melody, mellow and gently. That tune doesn't change much throughout the opening song "Drop," except that Sandoval begins singing in a moody, dreamy manner after a minute. That pretty much sets the tone for the entire album, except for a few songs -- sweet vocals, languid melodies, and a few chimes thrown in.

Most of the songs that follow are much the same -- mellow, gentle, sad acoustic ballads. A few break the mold, with an electric guitar riff in the smoldering "On The Low," and a distant piano solo in "Baby Let Me." And the final song "Lose Me On The Way" is a brilliant slice of experimental pop, slowly sliding from guitar to synth and haunted-house effects, and then back again.

"Bavarian Fruit Bread" is undoubtedly Sandoval's own effort, despite all the inevitable comparisons to her defunct band. It's prettier, less jazzy, more delicate, and simpler. And taken only on its own, it's still a remarkably pretty piece of indie folkpop.

Some of the acoustic guitar playing is somewhat weak, which becomes even clearer when the electric one enters the scene. It's far too simple. So, for that matter, is the songwriting ("Gonna find all your trouble/Gonna send them away/Gonna make you feel happy/Gonna be what you say"), although the songwriting's simplicity is something of a blessing.

However, the piano, eerie fuzzy synth, and slightly scratchy violin are well done, and add some extra dimension to the pretty little songs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, Haunting Music. 22 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Music is its own reward and fans of Mazzy Star will not be disappointed with "Bavarian Fruit Bread". Hope's voice is still the most beautiful sound ever committed to tape, disc, vinyl...or whatever new technological medium comes our way. Although the music may not be as psychedelic as Mazzy albums were/are, it is however, still very haunting, moody, atmospheric, and as uplifting as ever. Like fine wine, or Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks", and Love's "Forever Changes", Hope's first solo offering is an album to grow old with and enjoy for years and years to come. This really is as good as it gets. Splendid.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By J SMITH
Format:Audio CD
Sandoval is one of my favourite female vocalists. Her eyes closed whisper oozes a lazy sexuality that gives me goosebumps every single time. Around my smile has the lady herself admitting "I got it going on!" and listening to this you have to agree. On the Low is a tune in a very similar groove, and although not an identical twin it is at least a very alike sibling. This is a good thing as these two stand out tracks are perfect. Things get a little melancholic throughout but never to the point were you even think of turning it off. Gimme this CD, a balmy summers evening, a hammock and a beer and I got it going on!
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Diazepam you'll love this 31 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'd never really listened to Mazzy Star or any of Hope Sandovals' solo stuff but decided to take a punt on this on the strength of a track I really liked on a free compilation CD.

Initially I was a bit disappointed by the overall lethargy that pervades the album - it felt really one dimensional and lacking in ideas. However, this is one of those albums that rewards perseverance and repeated listens. I played it none stop for a couple of days by which time I realised that the album doesn't lack ideas, you just have to be in the right frame of mind to pick up on them. For me stand out tracks are On the Low and especially Feeling of Gaze which features really woozy sounding backward violins.

The obvious comparison is the quieter moments of the Velvets 3rd Album, however, once you get into this CD it is very uplifting and actually ended up reminding me of the nicer moments of late period Spacemen 3/early period Spiritualized.

I would recommend this for those that have the time and patience to do it justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have always liked Mazzy Star since my son played them to me
I have always liked Mazzy Star since my son played them to me, Hope's voice is really soothing and this is every bit as good as Mazzy Star
Published 11 days ago by minnie mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Mazzy Star you will probably like this
Hope Sandoval's vocal style remains the same - dreamy, half spoken, ethereal. Guitars are slightly less to the fore than with Mazzy Star and the variety of instrumentation and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Godley
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissful going nowhere music
In 2001 Hope Sandoval released an album under the banner Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions. Bizarrely, it was entitled Bavarian Fruit Bread and largely featured a collaboration... Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by klaher
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet "Fruit"
Her wispy, soft vocals were the biggest highlight of Mazzy Star's smoky pop. But now that that much-missed band is gone, Hope Sandoval sets out as a solo artist, in the... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2006 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent
This album is really good,especialy if you liked the old mazzy star. Hope is back and hot as ever. i was personaly disapointed with the last mazzy star album but this here makes me... Read more
Published on 28 July 2005 by ion
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing compares to Mazzy
This is a caution to Mazzy Star fans...don't expect to fall as much in love with The Warm Inventions! Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Full-length debut by Hope Sandoval
After the brilliance that was the 'At the Doorway Again'E.P this album was a must-buy for me. The album is a little bit of a let down, but this is comparing it with the E. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2001 by M. T. J. ANDERTON
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