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Among My Swan

Mazzy Star

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Having built up a considerable reputation thanks to So Tonight That I Might See, Mazzy Star reappeared after three years with Among My Swan, only to receive widespread indifference. It's a touch surprising -- unlike, say, fellow 1993 breakthroughs the Cranberries, David Roback and Hope Sandoval didn't rapidly descend into self-parody crossed with delusions of grandeur. Instead, they kept on keeping on, proffering the same combination of psych, blues, folk, and art-pop touches that made their earlier releases so captivating. That said, though, at base Among My Swan just isn't as quietly involving as the earlier records, that magical fusion of styles somehow coming across as a little been-there, done-that here. There's nothing quite as immediate as "Fade Into You," nothing as awesomely delicate as "Five String Serenade," as woozy and powerful as "Mary of Silence." There are plenty of songs that try for that, though, and even if Among My Swan won't raise the dead or heal the sick, it's still pleasant enough listening, and sometimes the secret of success is in the details. Keep an ear out for the soft chimes that punctuate "Happy," for instance, or how William Reid from the Jesus and Mary Chain's guest guitar helps turn "Take Everything" into the slow-burning monster it is. Sandoval's singing is as drowsily intoxicating as before, while Roback's ability to create atmospheres is equally fine. Among the better moments: "Rhymes of an Hour," which carefully balances a quieter arrangement with sudden moments that almost but don't quite lead to a full-band jam; the acoustic-based mood-out "All Your Sisters," suggesting such earlier guitar/violin efforts as "Into Dust"; and the soft-landing conclusion, "Look on Down from the Bridge," a bit of a church hymn in its own way, thanks to the organ-led melody.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Disappear
00:04:04

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Flowers In December
00:04:57

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Rhymes Of An Hour
00:04:12

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Hope Sandoval, Composer, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

4
Cry, Cry
00:03:58

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Take Everything
00:04:53

William Reid, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Aaron Sherer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Still Cold
00:04:48

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Aaron Sherer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

7
All Your Sisters
00:05:16

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

8
I've Been Let Down
00:03:17

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Rose Blood
00:04:51

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

10
Happy
00:03:58

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

11
Umbilical
00:04:59

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, MainArtist - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

12
Look On Down From The Bridge
00:04:47

William Cooper, Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Geoff Foster, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Everingham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Roback, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Hope Sandoval, Author, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mazzy Star, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Emery, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1996 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

Having built up a considerable reputation thanks to So Tonight That I Might See, Mazzy Star reappeared after three years with Among My Swan, only to receive widespread indifference. It's a touch surprising -- unlike, say, fellow 1993 breakthroughs the Cranberries, David Roback and Hope Sandoval didn't rapidly descend into self-parody crossed with delusions of grandeur. Instead, they kept on keeping on, proffering the same combination of psych, blues, folk, and art-pop touches that made their earlier releases so captivating. That said, though, at base Among My Swan just isn't as quietly involving as the earlier records, that magical fusion of styles somehow coming across as a little been-there, done-that here. There's nothing quite as immediate as "Fade Into You," nothing as awesomely delicate as "Five String Serenade," as woozy and powerful as "Mary of Silence." There are plenty of songs that try for that, though, and even if Among My Swan won't raise the dead or heal the sick, it's still pleasant enough listening, and sometimes the secret of success is in the details. Keep an ear out for the soft chimes that punctuate "Happy," for instance, or how William Reid from the Jesus and Mary Chain's guest guitar helps turn "Take Everything" into the slow-burning monster it is. Sandoval's singing is as drowsily intoxicating as before, while Roback's ability to create atmospheres is equally fine. Among the better moments: "Rhymes of an Hour," which carefully balances a quieter arrangement with sudden moments that almost but don't quite lead to a full-band jam; the acoustic-based mood-out "All Your Sisters," suggesting such earlier guitar/violin efforts as "Into Dust"; and the soft-landing conclusion, "Look on Down from the Bridge," a bit of a church hymn in its own way, thanks to the organ-led melody.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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