Author: Camille Pia
09/11/2002 | Kerrang! | | Album Review
Conor Obersts-endorsed underground lullabies featuring 'In Utero' cellist.

Athens-based due, Azure Ray don't do loud. Completely at odds with the current influx of hyped-up garage brats and armed only with acoustic guitars, Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor whisper sad songs for backrooms.

On this, their first release for Omahas legendary Saddle Creek label, smoky vocals creep under the skin beckoning us closer as Kera Schaleys rich cello weaves in and out of opener, 'November''s delicate melody. Soon there's no escape; a dark, hypnotic melancholy surrounds each confessional chorus and just as eerie despair takes hold, the starkly beautiful 'Other Than This World', complete with ramshackle singalong, pulls the record from the depths. Quiet never was, nor ever will be, the new loud, but Azure Rays softly sung tales have a lot to offer.



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