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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • In-Print Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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2013 release, the first album in 17 years from the California Dream Pop duo. Titled Seasons of Your Day, the long-awaited follow up to 1996's Among My Swan was co-written and co-produced by founding members David Roback and Hope Sandoval. The album was recorded in California and is summed up as "music for lovers, music for broken hearts." My Bloody Valentine's Colm O C¡os¢ig and the late U.K. Folk legend Bert Jansch guest on the record, the latter having returned the favor to Roback, who contributed guitar work to Jansch's final studio album, 2006's The Black Swan. Among the album's 10 tracks are "Common Burn" and "Lay Myself Down", both of which surfaced as a split-single in late 2011. Also included is the first proper single, "California", which eerily captures how a meditative West Coast stroll should sound.

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In recent interviews, the band has revealed they have continued writing & recording over decades, & never really ceased working together on songs. The new album is not a collection of new songs or new recordings as some of them date back 13 to 20 years as evidenced by bootleg live recordings of shows from 2000 & 1994 where a number of these songs were performed. An excellent, well researched article/interview in Uncut mag UK, Oct., 2013 has quotes from musicians who worked on the album's studio recordings. One recalls the song he's credited on was recorded in the early 1990s, & another, Colm O'Ciosoig, recalls playing bass on a number of these newly released recordings back in the early '00s. Hope's voice also gives obvious hints as to which recordings are recent, & which are older, as her voice has deepened in recent years. On many songs it's Hope's younger voice one hears, while on some others, it's her older, deeper voice. I just wish they'd released earlier the songs kept in vaults for years now newly released, & wish they'd follow up this album with a box set of all the many unreleased recordings they STILL reportedly have a huge cache of hidden away that fans never get to hear!
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I loved all of Mazzy's first 3 albums, but I have to say when I heard about this new recording 17 years later, I was skeptical. Come-backs or reunions routinely fail to live up to expectations - something usually gets lost over the years. But I was more than pleasantly surprised by Seasons of Your Day. Hope Sandoval's voice is still beautiful, haunting, intimate, and David Roback's country tinged slide guitar perfectly complements Sandoval's melancolic style. They haven't lost anything over the 17 year gap. As Pitchfork has said in their online review, if someone told me this was written a year after their last, Among My Swan, it would be totally believable. I bought it on 180 gram vinyl (purple vinyl is a nice touch), sounds fantastic and I totally recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumphant Return Sept. 24 2013
By ravager814 - Published on
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There had been something missing from my life for the last 17 years, I just realized it is Mazzy Star. After listening to the first three albums on heavy rotation during that time, and embracing Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, I have always felt forlorn that there was not more.

But right now I am spinning Seasons Of Your Day on glorious 180 gram purple vinyl, and it is like the band has not skipped a beat. Atmospheric, but in a way that only Mazzy Star seems to be able to master. It is what we would come to expect from theses guys: sultry vocals, sparse, mixed with full arrangements, and competent song writing. It is wonderful. And the guitar interplay on Spoon (with the late Bert Jansch) is superb. You can really tell how much maturation that Hope has gone through in the last decade and a half, but that is in no way a bad thing.

What you will find on this album is much more typical of the music on She Hangs Brightly, but with a down home, almost country feel. But there is no doubt in my mind that it is well worth the purchase, just for the last two songs alone. Flying Low is a fantastic way to end the album.


The vinyl is mostly clean, with some rough patches of surface noise at the outro of side 2 and a slight warp bump on the intro to side 3. But all in all, I am very happy with pressing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss. Pure dreamy melancholic fuzzy bliss Sept. 27 2013
By R. Wong - Published on
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It didn't occur to me until I listened to the album Seasons of Your Day right after Among My Swan that it's very much a continuation off their previous three albums. Music critics who say the band hasn't evolved, have very much missed the point. Which probably explains why they are critics and not artists.

The organ and lyrics of Look On Down the Bridge, the last track of Among My Swan, lead directly into the first track, In the Kingdom, my favorite song off the album so far. My mind is blown. I'm in awe of how David Roback effortlessly compliments Hope's voice while leading the songs with his guitar playing. He's a true artist and musician.

Mazzy Star probably isn't for everyone and that's okay. I generally play upbeat music but Mazzy Star is one of those bands that I go back to, to keep me grounded. Love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful melancholy continues Sept. 24 2013
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A number of years ago I was dealing with the death of a friend, the departure of a girlfriend, and a generally bleak outlook on life. At the time, I happened to hear "Into Dust" on a TV show, and I bought the album "So Tonight That I Might See". I've loved Mazzy Star ever since for the hopeful melancholy that helped me in a dark time. Even after my outlook changed I kept listening to the album, and years later I still enjoy it. This most recent album is a solid continuation of that. I was actually surprised with how much like their previous efforts this album sounds. Too often a band feels the needs to change a winning formula, to dramatically alter their sound in order to gain new fans. While I did notice some small changes (I never hear a slide guitar in their previous efforts), overall, this is a worthy successor to the previous albums. If you like their old sound, you'll like this. While there is no clear, catchy single on this record, the overall quality does not suffer for the omission. For someone new to their work, I'd recommend "So Tonight That I Might See" as a starting point, but you could do worse than to pick this as a second choice. For diehard fans, this is definitely worth picking up.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Sept. 27 2013
By Madley - Published on
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It's been far too long to be in a world without a new Mazzy Star album. Albeit the few Hope Sandoval CDs were pretty good in the interim, they just didn't have the same impact and mystery as does Mazzy Star when it records as a whole. I love this album, it's wonderful. It could've sucked and I still would have purchased it...but it really is a welcomed gem from a phenomenal band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it Sept. 26 2013
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I am not only surprised by how much I love this album, but also how well it fits into the continuum of Mazzy Star's sound. This is not a "play it again" album in the least: it is original and fresh sounding. At the same time, it's definitely more in the realm of "Among My Swan" in terms of the sound. The imagery it evokes is one of sitting in the shade in the late afternoon somewhere in the Southwest and listening to David pluck out some gritty acoustic-blues notes while Hope sings along. Not a bad thing by any stretch. If you are unfamiliar with Mazzy, this album is a bit like a sweeter sounding, acoustic-blues version of The Kills.

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