So the first Mazzy Star album, 1990's "She hangs Brightly", was a fine piece of shoe-gaze, paisley underground light psychedelia, "Blue Flower", the title track, "Before I Sleep", and most everything here are sleepy, dreamy stuff that is perfect for falling asleep to, getting a massage (not kidding), playing back-to-back with The Velvet Undergrounds "White Light White Heat" (AM kidding), this is an acquired taste by definition, but I DO love me some Mazzy Star!
OK, so, likely I never would have heard of them if not for the follow up "So Tonight That I Might See" and it's stunning single "Fade Into You".......when my wife was pregnant with our son, she listened to this album nonstop to keep her calm (it was a problem pregnancy, bed rest, etc), and eventually the baby grew to love/respond to it.......I'd always like to think that Hope Sandoval and Co. had a hand in our finally having a healthy baby boy, one who turns 19 in June and heads for the U of Akron.
Anyway, that's just a personal take, this is thier best album (imo).....they show musical brains with a lovely cover of Arthur Lee's "Five String Serenade", "She's My baby" is a winner, and that incredible "Fade Into You".......never get tired of hearing THAT one, even given my personal attachment. Solid album, as I say, if you only want ONE........
And finally we have athe follow up "Among My Swan".......similar, really, to the other two albums (did you expect they were going to turn into the Plasmatics?), more slowed down trippers like "Flowers and December", "Look on Down From the Bridge", and "Rhymes of an Hour" are typical of the Mazzy Star sound and feel, I say if you've enjoyed the first two, this is for you as well.......as I said, though, acquired taste.
Mellow out this evening with some Mazzy Star, perhaps after some punk from Chelsea or the Rubber City Rebels........this is really good, almost anti-rock, but cool and relaxing beyond description. Love this stuff, some of ya may hate it, and either way, there will be something else later tonight or tomorrow anyway!
I read they've done some other stuff since but I havaen't heard it and really don't care that much, I'm sure I can envision what it sounds like!
SHE HANGS BRIGHTLY-01 Halah/02 Blue Flower/03 Ride It On/04 She hangs Brightly/05 I'm Sailin'/06
Give You my lovin'/07 Be My Angel/08 Taste of Blood/09 Ghost Highway/10 Free/11 Before I Sleep
SO TONIGHT THAT I MIGHT SEE-01 Fade Into You/02 Bells Ring/03 Mary Of Silence/04 Five String Serenade/05 Blue Light/06 She's My Baby/07 Unreflected/08 Wasted/09 Into Dust/10 So Tonight That I Might See
AMONG MY SWAN-01 Disappear/02 Flowers in December/03 Rhymes of an Hour/04 Cry, Cry/05 Take Everything/06 Still Cold/07 All Your Sisters/08 I've Been Let Down/09 Roseblood/10 Happy/11 Umbilical/12 Look Down From the Bridge
Hope ya like these, a sort of closet-favorite of mine.......