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The delicious dichotomy between darkness and light, the space between inspiration and the manifestation of thought, is where Hope Sandoval’s music and lyrics catch fire. Through The Devil Softly, her second album with Warm Inventions partner Colm Ó Cíosóig ... Read more in Amazon's Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions Store

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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00005QB7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Drop
2. Suzanne
3. Butterfly Morning
4. On the Low
5. Baby Let Me
6. Feeling of Gaze
7. Charlotte
8. Clear Day
9. (interlude)
10. Bavarian Fruit Bread
11. Around My Smile

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Anyone familiar with Mazzy Star's ethereal, hypnotic music will find singer Hope Sandoval's debut album with the Warm Inventions a welcome return, with its haunting, spaced-out odes to melancholy. It's been five years since Mazzy Star's last album--the rich, evocative Among My Swan--and while Sandoval has appeared on records by the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Chemical Brothers, the At the Doorway Again EP, released at the end of 2000, was the Warm Inventions' first offering. The band--half of which is Colm O'Ciosoig from My Bloody Valentine--favor altogether sparser songs, which suffer somewhat from the absence of David Roback's lush, entrancing slide guitar, which made Mazzy Star so beguiling. Nonetheless, there are delights to be had: Sandoval's voice continues to drip with ennui and a tripped-out nonchalance while the delicate, tinkling songs on display here are eerily romantic, employing soft, beautiful acoustic guitars and occasional strings. Highlights include the relatively upbeat "On the Low," with its gentle swaying rhythm and occasional splashes of harmonica, and the dreamlike "Around My Smile," which features an intoxicated Sandoval singing, "I've got it going on." She may well be right. --Suzannah Brown

Customer Reviews

Her voice is hauntingly beautiful.
R. Nguyen
Hope, whether it was when she was with Mazzy Star or went solo with this project, has easily become my favorite vocalist.
Manda
All the songs are woven by the same magical fabric, a quality I like in an album (as opposed to a hodgepodge).
M. JEFFREY MCMAHON

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Manda on June 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
With the music, Hope Sandoval's vocals, the album art, and the album cover of "Bavarian Fruit Bread" combined, this has to be my single favorite album. Hope, whether it was when she was with Mazzy Star or went solo with this project, has easily become my favorite vocalist. How could anyone not be drawn to that adorable voice? What's really great about this album is that her vocals become even more of a focal point on "Bavarian Fruit Bread." And what's different about the music here is that rather than the psychedelic bluesy sound of Mazzy Star, there's more of a low-key, folksy approach through the use of acoustic guitar, harmonica, and the glockenspiel. Simple, sparkly, and gorgeous. I wish all music was this good.

I remember hearing "Suzanne" for the first time. I was not yet familiar with Hope, but that song was the beginning to my adoration of dream pop and shoegaze music. What really stood out was the gentle tinkling of the glockenspiel on this track accompanied with Hope and Colm murmuring "Suzanne". There's a certain shimmering, subdued beauty about this entire album that gently pulls you in and keeps you warm and intoxicated with its relaxing and somber nature. It's so easy to just sit back and lose yourself in this kind of music. Of course this isn't the most uplifting or upbeat music I've heard, but there's so much beauty to discover and appreciate in the lethargic dreaminess here.

The only fault I see in this album is the slight mix-up of song titles. I find they're sometimes listed differently, so here's my version:

1. Drop

2. Suzanne

3. Butterfly Mornings

4. On the Low

5. Baby Let Me

6. Feeling of Gaze

7. Charlotte

8. Clear Day

9.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. JEFFREY MCMAHON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2001
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These songs are languid, sensuous, swathed in ennui and melancholy. All the songs are woven by the same magical fabric, a quality I like in an album (as opposed to a hodgepodge). To make the album all the more wonderously tormenting, Hope Sandoval's persona, sad and smoky, is very attractive, irresistable even.
Additionally, I admire the album's absence of gimmicks. The album's appeal lies in its melancholy sensibility and Hope Sandoval's dolorous voice.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Such a great pleasure to hear Hope Sandoval's ghostly voice again! It's been more than half a decade since the last Mazzy Star CD, but now's a good time to hear from her again. The immortal MazStar tune "Fade Into You" has been receiving airplay again on TV this year, creating a demand for new music from Hope, and here it is. This new CD features a very stately and soft kind of folk music, meaning the songs are all down tempo, primarily just Hope's voice accompanied by Colm O Ciosoig on guitar. Colm's guitar playing is rather slight, a fact which becomes painfully apparent when Brit-folk legend Bert Jansch joins them on two tracks for some much more intricate guitar lines. Hope's singing is the highlight, though, that wispy, breathy thing of wonder you can just wrap yourself up in and get lost for hours...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was a bit doubtful when I listened to her single, "At the Doorway Again." It wasn't quite as good as I expected from the lead singer of Mazzy Star (though it was still wonderful). But this album is MAGNIFICENT!!!! It has propelled me into spiraling colors and places that I had thought nearly forgotten or non-existent. Bavarian Fruit Bread is a comfort. If there is a place in your heart for Mazzy Star, (and if there isn't, I have pity for you,) then you will undoubtedly enjoy Hope's first album on her own. For the suicidal and overjoyed alike, highly recommended. Especially wonderful are the tracks Drop, On the Low, Lose Me On the Way... You know what? They're all good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Her wispy, soft vocals were the biggest highlight of Mazzy Star's smoky pop. But now that that much-missed band is gone, Hope Sandoval sets out as a solo artist, in the enchanting "Bavarian Fruit Bread." If you can't have Mazzy Star, then this is a pretty good alternative.

It opens with an acoustic guitar playing a slow melody, mellow and gently. That tune doesn't change much throughout the opening song "Drop," except that Sandoval begins singing in a moody, dreamy manner after a minute. That pretty much sets the tone for the entire album, except for a few songs -- sweet vocals, languid melodies, and a few chimes thrown in.

Most of the songs that follow are much the same -- mellow, gentle, sad acoustic ballads. A few break the mold, with an electric guitar riff in the smoldering "On The Low," and a distant piano solo in "Baby Let Me." And the final song "Lose Me On The Way" is a brilliant slice of experimental pop, slowly sliding from guitar to synth and haunted-house effects, and then back again.

"Bavarian Fruit Bread" is undoubtedly Sandoval's own effort, despite all the inevitable comparisons to her defunct band. It's prettier, less jazzy, more delicate, and simpler. And taken only on its own, it's still a remarkably pretty piece of indie folkpop.

Some of the acoustic guitar playing is somewhat weak, which becomes even clearer when the electric one enters the scene. It's far too simple. So, for that matter, is the songwriting ("Gonna find all your trouble/Gonna send them away/Gonna make you feel happy/Gonna be what you say"), although the songwriting's simplicity is something of a blessing.

However, the piano, eerie fuzzy synth, and slightly scratchy violin are well done, and add some extra dimension to the pretty little songs.
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