So Tonight That I Might See

So Tonight That I Might See

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by Mazzy Star
     
 

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Thanks to the fluke hit "Fade Into You" -- one of the better beneficiaries of alt-rock's radio prominence in the early '90s, a gentle descent of a lead melody accompanied by piano, a steady beat, and above all else, Hope Sandoval's lovely lead vocal -- Mazzy Star's second album became something of a commercial success. All without changing

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Thanks to the fluke hit "Fade Into You" -- one of the better beneficiaries of alt-rock's radio prominence in the early '90s, a gentle descent of a lead melody accompanied by piano, a steady beat, and above all else, Hope Sandoval's lovely lead vocal -- Mazzy Star's second album became something of a commercial success. All without changing much at all from where the band was before -- David Roback oversaw all the production, the core emphasis remained a nexus point between country, folk, psych, and classic rock all shrouded in mystery, and Sandoval's trademark drowsy drawl remained swathed in echo. But grand as She Hangs Brightly was, So Tonight That I Might See remains the group's undisputed high point, mixing in plenty of variety among its tracks without losing sight of what made the group so special to begin with. Though many songs work with full arrangements like "Fade Into You," a thick but never once overpowering combination, two heavily stripped-down songs demonstrate in different ways how Mazzy Star makes a virtue out of simplicity. "Mary of Silence" is an organ-led slow shuffle that easily ranks with the best of the Doors, strung-out and captivating all at once, Sandoval's singing and Roback's careful acid soloing perfect foils. "Wasted," meanwhile, revisits a classic blues riff slowed down to near-soporific levels, but the snarling crunch of Roback's guitar works wonders against Sandoval's vocals, a careful balance that holds. If there's a left-field standout, then unquestionably it's "Five String Serenade." A cover of an Arthur Lee song -- for once not a Love-era number, but a then-recent effort -- Roback's delicate acoustic guitar effortlessly brings out its simple beauty. Tambourine and violin add just enough to the arrangement here and there, and Sandoval's calm singing makes for the icing on the cake.

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Release Date:
10/05/1993
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077779825325
catalogNumber:
98253
Rank:
22218

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So Tonight That I Might See 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is wonderful! It is something that you would hear in a coffee shop. It also has that stereotypical college feel: obscure, poetic, slower, etc. I love this cd!! If you only buy it for the first song, it is worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is like one of my favorite cds that I just CAN'T stop listening to. It has so much meaning in each song that it will just fasinate you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
mazzy star is something a bit different from anything I've heard. The lyrics are written exceptionally well and "fade into you" is definitely a song that everyone can relate to at some point in their lives.I can never get sick of this album.
poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
When Mazzy Star first came on the scene with "She Hangs Brightly", their music was eerie, ethereal and atmospheric. It didn't have the charging quality of most rock but it was still memorable. Their second album didn't change their formula. Yet, it turned out to be a better recording. One reason for that was that Hope Sandoval's voice was sadder and smokier this time, particularly on "Mary Of Silence" and "Fade Into You", which became an unlikely hit. They also brilliantly covered Albert Lee's "Five String Serenade". The group made only one more record after this and broke up. However, Sandoval has recently released a solo album and her remarkably moody voice hasn't changed a bit. For those who want to understand where "emo" or "dream pop" came from, they may want to look at this album first.
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