Out of Tune

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Mojave 3 likely grew tired of the words "Mazzy Star" being thrown into the otherwise encouraging reviews of their sparkling, twinkling Ask Me Tomorrow. So, the band keeps the sound but expands the style to incorporate gaping helpings of Dylan, from Blonde on Blonde to Nashville Skyline. Bullseye. Only one song is as amazing and heart-tugging as Ask Me Tomorrow's "Love Songs on the Radio" and "Candle Song": "Give What You Take" actually reconfigures Slowdive's propensity for waves of luscious hooks, led by Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell's still otherworldly, wonderfully brother-and-sister-like actually they are an ex-couple harmonies. One can easily take issue with their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Mojave 3 likely grew tired of the words "Mazzy Star" being thrown into the otherwise encouraging reviews of their sparkling, twinkling Ask Me Tomorrow. So, the band keeps the sound but expands the style to incorporate gaping helpings of Dylan, from Blonde on Blonde to Nashville Skyline. Bullseye. Only one song is as amazing and heart-tugging as Ask Me Tomorrow's "Love Songs on the Radio" and "Candle Song": "Give What You Take" actually reconfigures Slowdive's propensity for waves of luscious hooks, led by Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell's still otherworldly, wonderfully brother-and-sister-like actually they are an ex-couple harmonies. One can easily take issue with their decision to cut Goswell's spectacular throat out of the lead vocal equation after seven years, but as she remains a force on Halstead's choruses, singing countermelodies at his side, it's hard to quibble too much. The songs tickle by, softly floating timelessly, tirelessly, and the vocals are like a pillow for your head as you listen, enraptured, on the single "Some Kinda Angel," another first-rate piece of unhurried pop, and the more gripping "Keep It All Hid" and the gurgling "Baby's Coming Home." Not so much laconic as measured, the Mojave five perch on the precipice of masterpiece, with subtle keyboards, an absolutely sorrowful lap steel on "Give What You Take," and tasteful brass on two others. The only time the LP stumbles briefly is on the unplugged number, "Yer Feet," and only because Halstead foolishly slurs like Dylan, vaulting over the line of inspiration into cheap imitation. "Who Do You Love" also borrows a little too heavily in vocal mannerism from the one-time Robert Zimmerman, but gets away with it more, thanks to the lush backing track. The rest is gold, baby. Out of Tune may well be the least English record made in those isles -- the cover shot of surfers hints that California is the place, but Neil Young's folky California, not the Wilson/Love/Jardine slice -- and, in this case, profits for it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2001
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 652637801828
  • Catalog Number: 881569
  • Sales rank: 260,068

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mojave 3 Primary Artist
B.J. Cole Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Rachel Goswell Bass, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Neil Halstead Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ian McCutcheon Drums, Tambourine, Shaker
Alan Forrester Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Mick Cooke Trumpet
Simon Rowe Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Billy Hill Engineer
Dave Mercer Engineer
Mojave 3 Producer
Neil Halstead Composer
Jim Bates Sleeve Design
Mark Van Hoen Producer
Tony Doogan Engineer
Alan Forrester Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Former Slowdive Mates Finally Get It Together

    With experience from their live performances, Mojave 3 do not like fans or critics to compare them, or ask them to play, Slowdive material. It is a pity, since, the band was so innovative and aspired to ethereal heights in their heydey (if they had one). So here on ''Out of Tune'' the band get it together after much mellowness and get happy with some songs-''Who Do You Love,'' and ''Some Kinda Angel.'' This doesn't, however, save the release from some less thought-out mediocrity. The problem with Mojave 3 is that it drains the euphoria away from its listeners with almost morbid fancy and dreary mental meanderings. While there are some elements of great passion here, Halstead almost sounds like an alcoholic (with his co-dependant Rachael Goswell) at his side faithfully, despite the repetitve patterns of depression. Its quite clear, that, unless Mojave 3 is looking forward to dissolution, more musical collaborators need to compliment Halsteads' penchant for the dreary and weary moods he weaves.

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