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Hold On Love

Author: Mike Petersen
12/10/2003 | Nailedshut.com | www.nailedshut.com | Album Review
After releasing a couple albums on WARM Records, Azure Ray has come out with their first full length on Saddle Creek, following an EP put out a year earlier. This two girl band come together beautifully. While listening, I saw a resemblance to Denali, in the fact that they have similar background sounds, which go with their music. Mixing piano with a gorgeous female voice, with an indie background, is usually a hit; and Azure Ray will not let you down. Hold On Love reminds me of a love story during World War II, just the sound and the words.

The CD has beautiful lyrics, and the voices are hauntingly appealing. Starting the CD out, the first song is "The Devil's Feet", it is a slow almost jazzy track that shows off the girls voices. Moving into the next song, "New Resolution", Azure Ray changes it up a bit with a bass filled background, and drum beats. This song is my favorite of the album, it changes up so much throughout the whole song, going from fast to slow in the beginning, then speeding up with the emotion of the lyrics, just to drop off again. The set up of this song is superb, it is a bit different than the usual style of music I listen to, but refreshing to say the least. As we move into "We Are Mice", the resemblance to Denali comes up. In the background of this song there is a beat that reminds me almost of "Relief" by Denali. Although there is some resemblance, Azure Ray has a sound all their own, and the voice has no resemblance to Denali. Unlike Maura's loud powerful voice, Azure Ray has a soft yet powerful and haunting sound, which set them aside. "Look To Me" shows the versatility of music in this album, every song changes up instruments, yet they keep the same sound in a way. The whole CD is very laid back, and relaxing. Another track worth mentioning is "Sea of Doubts", a well written song about her views on love. It is a touching song, on a touching CD full of pain and brutally honest lyrics.

If you want to take a break from the normal indie or emo music you are listening to, check this CD out. It is a well done CD, and worth a listen. Girl bands these days get a bad rep from bands like The Donnas and other snobby bands, thank God we have bands like Azure Ray, and Denali to turn to. Get yourself over to Interpunk and buy the album.


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