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and style of California psychedelic dream pop. The world took notice when the surprise breakthrough
single, Fade Into You, hit the airwaves and heavy rotation at MTV. Sandoval s trademark vocals and
beauty helped to make her a modern day music icon. Now the revered singer returns with her long awaited
post-Mazzy Star sophomore album, Through The Devil Softly.
Since her time with Mazzy Star, the sought after vocalist has collaborated with artists from across the
musical landscape: The Jesus & Mary Chain, Air, Death in Vegas, The Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack
and Bert Jansch.
In 2001 she joined Colm Ó Cíosóig (of My Bloody Valentine), and backing Irish band Dirt Blue Gene, to
form Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, and released their debut Bavarian Fruit Bread.
Now on Through The Devil Softly, the definitive star of the Paisley Underground scene reignites her
trademark sound in an epic journey across the 11 song album. The project continues the laid-back, slowcore
sound they are renowned for and places Sandoval s sensuous, hypnotic voice in the forefront. Recorded at
home in Berkley, the spare, subtle arrangements reinforce Sandoval s gentle vocal style.
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THRU THE DEVIL SOFTLY's songs range in orchestration from a full band sound, with drums, acoustic and electric guitars, bass and marimba, to broken up elements of this vision.Read more ›
All this aside, I must point out above everything the exquisite voice that Ms. Hope Sandoval still has. Beautiful, stunning voice that in my humble opinion next to Natalie Merchant (10'000 maniacs) and Tori Amos defined how a real singer acrually sang a song back in the 90's.
Welcome back Hope!
That's the funny thing about sad music: it's almost homeopathic in the way that through reflecting your emotions, it makes everything seem ok. Well, if not ok, at least better. Sadness often comes with its close cousin, loneliness, and oh-so-down music offers the reassurance that, a.), you're not alone in this, and b.), look at the beauty that can come from it.
Like Tom Waits' "Early Years", Nick Drake's "Pink Moon" or The Velvet Underground's 3rd album, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions' latest, "Through the Devil Softly", is what you play when you need an album that will put its arm around your shoulder and hold you close. Like those albums, the performances here are incredibly intimate; this is not music that jumps out of your speakers; rather, it's music that casts a spell through its softness, its fragility, its restraint, and the way it flows through your body like liquid morphine. It's a sound where you actually hear fingers sliding on strings, where the vocals seem to be whispered straight into your ear, and where a single drum hit echoes like a gunshot in the forest...
Playing Hope's latest, my first impression was that it sounded a lot like her last one, "Bavarian Fruit Bread", also with The Warm Inventions. Now if there were dozens of vocalists out there doing this sound, that might bother me, but there aren't.Read more ›
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Productivity is not a major concern in Hope Sandoval’s corner of the universe, with this being her first new album in eight years. Read more
Great album! If you are a fan of Mazzy Star, you'll continue to love Hope's vocals. Don't expect Mazzy's electronic sound, though. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John Senk
Mazzy Star/Opal are among my favorite bands...Hopes first solo album was wonderful also. These songs never really go anywhere... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Phil Commander
Good background music in the house- beats having to listen to the radio with all its ads and dribbling dj'sPublished 20 months ago by Phil Burgess
I would just like to say that I am a HUGE fan of Mazzy Star, one of the best bands ever I think. I thought that when Hope Sandoval tried something new it would be even better, but... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by KennyK
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I'm not offended; I'd also like to hear much more from our reclusive muse, but I'll take whatever she&the Warm Inventions give us. How long have we been waiting for this? I'm prepared to wait a decade for the next and be just as eager to get it.
Sep 23, 2009 by Roger Reynolds | See all 2 posts