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Light the candles, lay back and be taken,
By A Customer
This review is from: Pygmalion (Audio CD)
This album will always remind me of the cold candle lit room where I first heard it. It was the ideal setting for an album of music that can be appreciated most when the world stops for the night. Those opening reverby droned guitar chords and Haltsteds' haunting vocal on 'Rutti' pave the way for a beautifully introverted musical landscape. For this album, Slowdive shed the layers of music they used so well on previous releases, but still manage to capture your deeper side just like before. 'Crazy For You' hooks round a psychedelicy guitar phrase which compliments the up-beat rythm of the song. 'Miranda' and 'Trellisaze' connect well with the candle flames that should accompany the album. Rachel reminds us of the power an airy voice can achieve during 'Miranda', complimented by the eastern sounding sampled voice loop and the continuous chord. 'Trellisaze' evokes feelings of being in a room full of old clocks in an old fictional house. The lonely 'Cello' takes you further inwards and reminds you of Slowdives ability to fuse such an instrument into their music. 'J's Heaven' is a beautiful song to listen to it build up gradually and then drift back. Rachels voice drifts in to remind you of her beauty. The simplicity of 'Visions of La' is masked by its haunting effect that Rachels voice and Neils acoustic guitar produce. 'Blue Skied an' Clear' has to be one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. The chorous always provokes images of a once stormy sky clearing into a beautiful blue horizon. 'All of us' ends the album nicley, but you can't help wondering if it is is all of theirs. It comes across as being Neils album, with a little help from Rachel and the others. This will always be one of those albums that makes your imagination run wild in to beautifully lonley places.