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Hold On Love

12/03/2003 | Babysue.com LMNOP.com | www.babysue.com www.lmnop.com | Album Review
Our favorite female due of the twenty-first century returns...with their most accessible album yet. Azure Ray fans need not worry, however, as the duo has neither sold out nor discarded their original concept. Hold On Love is somewhat of a departure for these young ladies in that several of the tunes feature more traditional arrangements than normal as well as drums. But who can blame Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor for wanting to expand their sound just a bit...so that it might appeal to more folks? Their earlier releases were so stark and sad that they were (unfortunately) playing to a very small and limited audience. Thankfully, the girls have combined their new, more upbeat approach with enough songs retaining their original sound...to create an album that successfully blends the old with the new. For anyone who is unfamiliar with this duo...their music sounds not unlike a more orchestrated Lisa Germano. The duo writes tunes with incredibly strong melodies...and their silky smooth vocals are about as good as it gets in this hemisphere. Hold On Love is full of the absorbing, meticulously arranged compositions that we have come to expect from Fink and Taylor. Just as was the case with the duo's previous releases, there is not a bad cut on this album. Particularly strong cuts include "New Resolution," "We Are Mice," "Sea of Doubts," and "These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue." Once again, Azure Ray comes up with an absolute must have. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)
Hold On Love

Hold On Love

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