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Through the Devil Softly [VINYL] [Import]

Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B002LFPB4W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a way of life 25 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
Through the Devil Softly - which was released today in Germany and comes out in the UK on Monday - is the second album from Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, following three albums from the Hope-fronted Mazzy Star.

The music sounds even more woozy & muffled & stripped down than ever. Away with the cutsy glockenspiel, harmonica and trumpet from Bavarian Fruit Bread and in with the banjo plucking and more slide guitar. But Hope doesn't stray from her core sound; these 11 tracks feel like a natural continuation of the sound that has accompanied her since the early 1990s: languid, weary vocals, simple guitar-strumming, and an atmosphere of waking up from druggy sleep with your head still full of dreams.

The best description of her music that I've heard over the years is that of a cat stretching its paws out after the tenth nap of the day on a huge puffy bed. The curtains are reacting to the soft wind, and there are no clocks pulling you back into the monotony of work and day-to-day chores. There is simply the hazy "now" in which you can drift and drift.

Of course there will always be people who don't get her music - either with David Roback in Mazzy Star or here with My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig. I remember NME calling the first Warm Inventions record "a piece of morphine-induced self-indulgence" and someone else saying that it was just "glorified mood music". What I think they don't get - and I'm aware this might sound absurd to some - is that it's not just music, it expresses and represents a way of life. Listening to and treasuring songs like 'Fade Into You' and 'Take Everything' means not wanting to be a part of the rush and push of these work- and speed-obsessed times.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuddle-up Goth 30 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is perfect chill out music for those who love the darker things in life. Listening to this, i yearned for rain lashing at the windows, cold nights and the company of someone black clad and delicious. beautifully strange and strangely beautiful this is a much needed addition to most eclectic collections. Guitar is more prominent on this album than the Mazzy Star offerings, with some laid back, almost bluesy slide. Hope Sandoval's breathy but powerfully haunting voice drifts and swoops, in, out, around and above the melody. The addition of cello and drums creats a syncopated and langourous heart beat. The entire album is very similar in tempo and tone but this is not a criticism. this is music to put you in a trance like, languid and happy mood. quite simply beautiful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope's Sandoval second album 12 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Hope Sandoval's second album once again captures her sublime dreamy voice and carries on where Bavarian Fruitbread left off. It should please Mazzy Star fans but she has definitely created her own sound.I loved listening to new album and its been worth the long wait. Although for me Hope can do no wrong. Kev D
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This years grower... 21 Aug 2010
By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I bought this when it came out and was a little underwhelmed. I'm glad I didn't review it at that point because I would have given a wrong opinion. Like the first album this is a real grower. The tracks are very subtle and the 'hooks' are almost impossible to identofy on first hearing. I keep coming back to it time and again. It's beautifully relaxed but without ever lacking interest. In fact I think I marginally prefer it to the first Warm Inventions album! Which is saying something....
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