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5.0 out of 5 stars
Prototype Mazzy Star, 14 Jun 2011
I first heard Opal on Beyond the Wildwood, a tribute to Syd Barrett, and instantly fell for them. I'm imagining that most people reading this already know about Mazzy Star. Well, this was David Roback's project that immediately preceeded Mazzy Star.
I've had a soft spot for psychedelia for a long time but usually found the California Dreaming type of West coast psychedelia a little too pop for me. Opal came along and created this masterpiece.
It chugs along perfectly, a little harder than Mazzy Star and a little scuzzier.
You can imagine scene after scene of stumbling hedonism accompanying this album - it's the sort of music that could easily appear in the background to a terminally hip movie. To me this is as cool as the Velvet Underground.
Roback has the guitars sounding exquisite, they chug and keep it all shamanically shambling along, then suddenly drop licks like bombs.
Behind him is a line up capable of playing everything the songs need and nothing more.
The real gem is Kendra Smith.
She has all the sex appeal of Hope Sandoval but (I know you'll doubt this is even possible) sounds even more distracted and uninterested than either Hope or Nico. There is a certain druggy-chic to this record that remains timeless. NOW CHECK IT OUT ON YOUTUBE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.