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It’s been nearly seven years since celebrated duo Azure Ray released their critically acclaimed album Hold On Love. It’s been a long wait for music fans, but thankfully that wait is about to come to an end. The highly anticipated full-length from Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor is a sublime future classic titled Drawing Down the Moon. The record was produced by Eric Bachmann at Echo ... Read more in Amazon's Azure Ray Store

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B003WR9N1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wake Up, Sleepyhead 1:44
2. Don t Leave My Mind 3:43
3. In the Fog 3:24
4. Larraine 4:28
5. On and On Again 4:22
6. Make Your Heart 3:34
7. Silver Sorrow 4:16
8. Signs in the Leaves 3:01
9. Love and Permanence 3:53
10. Shouldn t Have Loved 4:11
11. Dancing Ghosts 3:52
12. Walking in Circles 2:46

Editorial Reviews

It's been nearly seven years since Azure Ray duo Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor released their critically acclaimed and most recent album Hold On Love. With 3 prior full-lengths and an EP, the duo drew fans from around the globe with their transcendent songwriting and stunning vocals, and Drawing Down the Moon is an even more impressive and beguiling delight. Azure Ray are famed for their bittersweet melancholy and Drawing Down is a perfect ode to their harmonious musical gifts.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Martin on November 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album was a very pleasant surprise for me this year. I wasn't really familiar with most of their music prior to purchasing Drawing Down The Moon, but having heard a couple of the tracks off this one on satellite radio and hearing bits and pieces of the others, I decided to give them a listen.

I'm so glad I did. Maybe one of the most elegant albums of 2010. The music (at times stripped down and at other times electronic fuzed) is beautiful and help highlight the gorgeous vocals and subtle lyrics. This strikes me as intelligent music, where I not only felt like I needed to but wanted to sit down with head phones and pay attention to every note, every line, every texture to every song. There are subtlties in every song. I am listening to it as I write this and keep finding new things underneath the main layer that I didn't hear the first, second or third times through.

"You can go each day takes you
Some place I can't find
But don't leave my mind"

They sing these lyrics on "Don't Leave My Mind." Very thoughtful and insightful and this is what you can expect from every song.

KEY TRACKS: Don't Leave My Mind; Larraine
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shane Hamilton on September 16, 2010
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An Azure Ray album is like the crack of spring, a new drawn breath in the snow, the beating of your heart in a rainstorm. All things perfectly beautiful in their own right. But when these two woman sit down together and do what they do, the heavens open up. Drawing Down the Moon is so very very THEM. Orenda and Maria, both brilliant in their own way, so similar but so very different, compliment each other like a brilliantly colored parrot in a tropical rain forest. I really love this recording. They have absolutely nothing to prove, both going their own way in bursts of amazing freshness. Thank God they have come full circle. Let's pray that they do it again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By apaleblue on November 26, 2010
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To begin, I must state that I own and have listened to all of Azure Ray's albums consistently. I also enjoy Orenda's and Maria's solo work, but nothing that they do alone compares to their work together. This album is no exception.

It is absolutely stunning and possibly the best Azure Ray album to date. The themes of songs remain somber and relatable but still hold that feeling of being poppy. Everything is also kept very simple, an effect that only enhances the attractiveness of the songs.

I recommend this album if you are new to Azure Ray and enjoy any of the samples (you will warm up to the rest), and I highly recommend it if you like anything Azure Ray has done. It's great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Anderson on December 15, 2011
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A few weeks ago I was came across some Azure Ray songs online and immediately fell in love with what I had heard. I ended up acquiring a copy of Drawing Down to the Moon. I have been listening to the album a lot. I am not really into this type of music but I dig Azure Ray's brand of folk/pop music. I find the gentle acoustic melodies and delicate vocals of Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor very soothing. The album is perfect to listen to on a cold winter's night with a hot cup of tea. I can listen to Drawing Down the Moon without skipping a single track. That is how good I think the album is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Tucker on September 23, 2011
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This was my first time hearing this duo and glad I bought this CD. I had heard Maria Taylor before and liked what she had put out. I enjoy good harmonies and there is no let down here. What excellent musicians!! Not sure why they are not main stream but glad the radio doesn't beat there music to death. Glad I found this! Well worth buying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim on August 14, 2011
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I feel the need to come to the defense of this album after having read so many negative reviews on other sites (not here).

I follow both Maria's and Orenda's careers closely, as I'm a huge fan of everything they've ever released. When Azure Ray split, I read negative reviews saying their new directions were too radical, like Orenda was delving too deeply into the pseudo-voodoo Haitian motif, whereas Maria kept trying to be a singer-songwriter but sounding too close to Azure Ray. (Personally I loved everything that happened between Azure Ray.) Then Azure Ray reformed, and I noticed that most "critical" reviews claimed the new Azure Ray album sounded too much like Azure Ray. Wait, what?

Some people cannot be pleased. I hope these ladies aren't affected by such criticism, because this record is fantastic.

And also, to those who think there's not enough "newness" here: No Azure Ray album has opened with a short prelude (track 1), or used a harp (track 1), or a heavy tribal rhythm (track 6), or a chant rather than a lyrical piece (track 6), or a guest vocalist (track 7), or...you get the idea.

There are only two things I would change about this album. First, the album begins on such a sunny note (track 2) and then ends so sadly (track 12). The previous albums all had a warm/sweet closing track; not this one. Also, the staccato percussion in track 7 sounds too thin. However, neither issue is enough to merit less than a 5-star rating.

Well done, ladies! Looking forward to what's next, and I won't complain if the next Azure Ray album sounds too much like Azure Ray.
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