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- She Hangs Brightly by Mazzy Star
7/10 The Doc 27th May 2016
Decent early effort from '90s dream-pop darlings who went on to sell shedloads when Fade Into You was released a couple of years after this. In some ways it's pretty derivative, plenty of two chord Velvet Underground riffing, a poised, insouciant cool, nothing you've not seen or heard before, but what really sets it apart is Hope Sandoval's bewitching, dispassionate croon. There's something really otherworldly about this band, and much of that is to do with the breathless vocals, sung so softly that in places they seem to disappear altogether. Among My Swan is a better record than this, and so is their mighty 'comeback' album Seasons Of Your Day, but this is well worth a look.
8/10 Penrith Steve 22nd February 2015
I love the mix of The Byrds and The Velvet Underground that Mazzy Star create on their debut album "She Hangs Brightly". There are also more obvious folk and blues influences which seem to be missing from later albums. The Songs are more definitively melodic than the later work. "Halah" and "Ride It On" are two that stand out. Hope Sandoval's country-ish, seductive drawl makes the melodies all the more memorable. This is followed by a great cover of Slapp Happy's "Blue Flower" which is one of three covers on the album. "I'm Sailing", a blues number, was originally by Memphis Minnie McCoy and "Give You My Lovin'" which was written by Sylvia Gomez and originally recorded by Gomez and Sandoval. It's follow-up "So Tonight That I Might See" is a better album which defines their sound more, but this is still very good and worthwhile.