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Guitars that sing,
By A Customer
This review is from: Souvlaki (Audio CD)
I've been listening to Slowdive for some years now and their songs have never lost the power to give me goosebumps. For me, their ability to make uncomplicated yet beautiful soundscapes, impressionistic, emotional songs reminiscent of a Turner painting rendered in audio, makes it impossible for me to stop listening to them. While the guitars of My Bloody Valentine roared, Slowdive made theirs sing.
While sound is all important to what they did (try 'When the Sun Hits' and crank up the volume & bass and I defy you not to feel your heart start to pound), this album benefits from lyrics that are both audible and appropriate. 'Alison' is a Slowdive classic blending exquisite harmonies from Rachel and Neil, beautiful, meaningful words that really paint the flawed but attractive character of Alison ('Your messed up life still thrills me'). '40 Days' is so sad it makes my lip wobble; if you've ever missed someone you'll recognise the emotion immediately - if you haven't missed anyone, you'll know what it's like!
OK - maybe it's not music to put on before you go to a club! On the other hand, why not stay in and experience some of the finest, most affecting music available.