It’s been a long time coming — 17 years — but Mazzy Star’s fourth studio album, Seasons of Your Day, has finally seen the light of day. Featuring the original lineup plus My Bloody Valentine/The Warm Inventions’ Colm Ó Cíosóig, it has definitely been worth the wait. Graceful opener “In the Kingdom” is organ drenched and Motown flavored and features Hope Sandoval smoothly singing over an arrangement reminiscent of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ “The Tracks of My Tears.” Elsewhere, the dazzling “California” finds Sandoval’s beguilingly sensual voice undulating warmly over David Roback’s exquisite strumming, while “I’ve Gotta Stop” sounds like pure, vintage Mazzy. Further on, several beautifully bluesy tracks predominate: the plaintive “Sparrow,” soporific “Spoon,” (featuring the late, legendary folk-guitarist Bert Jansch’s mesmerizing licks), and fervid album closer “Flying Low,” which chugs away hypnotically with killer slide guitar and harmonica. It’s artfully produced, completely ethereal, and sure to please longtime fans, as well as capture some new hearts and minds.
Seasons of Your Day