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If you like Diazepam you'll love this
on 31 December 2013
I'd never really listened to Mazzy Star or any of Hope Sandovals' solo stuff but decided to take a punt on this on the strength of a track I really liked on a free compilation CD.
Initially I was a bit disappointed by the overall lethargy that pervades the album - it felt really one dimensional and lacking in ideas. However, this is one of those albums that rewards perseverance and repeated listens. I played it none stop for a couple of days by which time I realised that the album doesn't lack ideas, you just have to be in the right frame of mind to pick up on them. For me stand out tracks are On the Low and especially Feeling of Gaze which features really woozy sounding backward violins.
The obvious comparison is the quieter moments of the Velvets 3rd Album, however, once you get into this CD it is very uplifting and actually ended up reminding me of the nicer moments of late period Spacemen 3/early period Spiritualized.
I would recommend this for those that have the time and patience to do it justice.