Hold On Love
I say that with the knowledge that as the second track on Azure Ray's Hold On Love, it's a rather misleading sign of what's to come. That passion quickly diminishes as the album progresses and it doesn't take me long to miss it. It's just such a darn good song!
But alas track two must end and dissolve into the ambiance that is Azure Ray. Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor have returned and despite the layers of polish, manage to keep it intimate. That intimacy is possibly Azure Ray's best and most distinctive quality. Their hushed, numbing vocals float through the air with poise and grace. At their best, they bring to mind a less intense Sarah Slean with more then her piano. But dare I say it, they sound a little tired and bored. Maybe that's why I couldn't stop wishing they'd bring back the hooks from track two.
There is variety between the songs and their dark, almost gothic personalities are definitely interesting. It's eerie but pretty. Dark but sensual. Quiet but confident. Sad but hopeful. You know, the kind of Hollywood actress that a fifteen year old punk rocker would spend his nights dreaming about. Wynona Ryder or Shannon Sossamon as an indie rocker. But maybe a little boring…Hold on Love may be a really good one to sleep to.
This may be an album for a specific mood and environment. Alone, in your kitchen, a cup of hot coffee before you and a cigarette burning not far away…you're a little tired, a little down but oddly comfortable. There's a slight chill in the air and you realize, maybe you want to feel sleepy when the weather gets cold. Maybe tired and boring isn't always bad…and there you have it, a suitable autumn soundtrack.
LP / CD / MP3
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LP / CD / MP3