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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 (28 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B002KSATVU
  • 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: 88,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Drop
2. Suzanne
3. Butterfly Mornings
4. On The Low
5. Baby Let Me
6. Feeling Of Gaze
7. Charlotte
8. Clear Day
9. Bavarian Fruit Bread
10. Around My 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 By ghostbureau@yahoo.co.uk on 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 By Neal Reynolds on 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 By elmz@cpb.nl on 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 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Mar 2007
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 By A Customer on 22 Feb 2002
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 on 7 Feb 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By klaher on 24 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
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 with Colm O'Ciosoig, ex-drummer with the wonderful My Bloody Valentine. There's minimal percussion here though. The sound of the album, while not a major departure for Sandoval, was a lot more stripped back than Mazzy Star, featuring a lot more acoustic guitar and touches of cello, bells, harmonica and xylophone here and there. Hope sounds totally unenthused, but in an utterly bewitching way.

The album begins with Drop, a Jesus and Mary Chain cover (she used to go out with William Reid) and Hope's voice is centre stage over a strummed acoustic guitar. It's followed up by the narcoleptic Suzanne. This and Butterfly Mornings are perfect sunny Sunday morning music. On the Low picks up the pace a bit and reminds me slightly of less cringe-y Serge Gainsbourg (without the male vocals). Feeling of Gaze doesn't quite work. Hope's singing is great but the cello and piano competes rather than complements leaving the track sounding disjointed.

The stronger melodies are actually backweighted towards the second half of the album. Charlotte is another sleepily graceful track, while Clear Day is a quiet triumph. The vocals here are particularly enticing, lines like "gonna take all your troubles, gonna send them away"wouldn't work with other singers but they suit perfectly here. Around My Smile is probably the strongest track, a slow-burning torch song with Hope Sandoval at her most alluring. The chorus is like a ridiculous come-on, the line is "I got going on". Writing about it doesn't do it justice. The final track is an extended shoe-gazey type piece, Lose Me On The Way.

Avoid this album at all costs if you prefer rockier stuff or like your music to actually go anywhere.
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