Through the Devil Softly

Through the Devil Softly

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by Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
     
 

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Hope Sandoval basically disappeared from the scene following the release of 2001's Bavarian Fruit Bread. That album's tender and spooky folk seemed like a nice beginning for her post-Mazzy Star career, and her musical partnership with ex-My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm O'Ciosoig promised more

Overview

Hope Sandoval basically disappeared from the scene following the release of 2001's Bavarian Fruit Bread. That album's tender and spooky folk seemed like a nice beginning for her post-Mazzy Star career, and her musical partnership with ex-My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm O'Ciosoig promised more goodness to come. It wasn't to be, however, and it wasn't until 2009's Through the Devil Softly that the duo reappeared. The album showed that not much had changed musically for them. The hazy, slow-motion feel of the music here is of a piece with Sandoval's body of work; the restraint and careful placement of instruments is equally as effective; and the songs are haunting, perhaps even more so. Most of all, there's Sandoval's voice, which is exactly as beguiling and bewitching as ever. She makes everything sound like it was recorded at 2:00 a.m. in the middle of the kind of dream you never want to wake up from. If you look a little deeper, though, there are things here that make this album much more successful than Sandoval's debut. Songs with memorable hooks were somewhat lacking on the first Warm Inventions record, and while this album doesn't exactly scream Top 40 or boast any singalong choruses, it does at least have more of a sense of melody and forward motion. Tracks like "For the Rest of Your Life," "Trouble," and "Fall Aside" fit this bill, and "There's a Willow" comes magically close to a straightforward Mazzy Star-like gem. Even the spare ballads and drifting tone poems feel more fleshed-out and well constructed this time around. There is a depth of sound and feeling on the record that makes it feel less like a semi-forced continuation of a career and more like a deeply felt work of art. It sounds like it was worth the wait for Sandoval and O'Ciosoig and it's a welcome return for fans of her music, and also for fans of late-night, melancholy balladry that will break your heart and ease you gently into dreams.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
Here, she heads to Ireland for a hippie vibe, evoking Van Morrison circa Veedon Fleece.
Spin Magazine
Hypnotizing vocals, along with a spine-tingling, otherworldly sound that comes on like a warm opium dream.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003084826
catalogNumber:
30848
Rank:
15590

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions   Primary Artist
Colm O'Ciosoig   Drums
Hope Sandoval   Vocals
Suki Ewers   Keyboards
Paul Mcquillan   Guitar
Sylvia Gomez   Background Vocals
Nigel Cullen   Drums
Mick Whelan   Piano
Ji Young Moon   Cello
Charles Cullen   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Alan Browne   Bass
Dave Brennan   Guitar

Technical Credits

Colm O'Ciosoig   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Hope Sandoval   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Drawing
Mike Prosenko   Drawing
Charles Cullen   Composer
Alan Browne   Composer
Dave Brennan   Composer

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Through the Devil Softly 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Fenian_B More than 1 year ago
If you loved Mazzy Star you'll love this album. Hope Sandoval show's what really made Mazzy Star was her haunting vocals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago