11/06/2002 | Logoo-magazine.com | Album Review
Discovered by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst during a visit to Athens, Georgia, Azure Ray (Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor) quickly found themselves courted by Saddle Creek, in retrospect the perfect home for their blend of threnodial melancholy and wide-eyed hope. Oberst was apparently vociferous in his championing of them, and he is plainly a man of good taste. Opener 'November' instantly recalls the heart-laid-bare emoting of Terry Jacks' 1974 lip-trembler 'Seasons In The Sun', except the cut glass vocals move it into the territory of Suzanne Vega providing the soundtrack to Twin Peaks - you might gather that this is not just a good thing, it's a marvel. Look at it this way, if you thought the hidden track at the end of Alanis Morissette's 'Jagged Little Pill' was nakedly emotional, approach 'I Will Do These Things' with care. It deserves an essay on construction alone - it's the sound of a soul screaming, the sound of pain, the sound of love; a sound of such perfect, formless beauty that just thinking about it brings tears to the eyes. Mere words cannot do Azure Ray justice; you have to own this record.