JANE - SUGAR FOR MY SOUL
reviewed Sweet Jane’s last
single Close My Eyes a while back, and now we
have the album to savour. And pretty good stuff this is too. Opening
up with pulsating rocker Bleed, where male and
female vocals battle it out in an instantly infectious foot stomper,
the album sets out its stall right away.
But its not all anthemic psychedelic rock – I’ve
Been Waitin’ is a chilled bluesy number that has
a Mazzy Star feel about it, building nicely as it goes and showcasing
Lydia de Dolles gorgeous vocals. Mixing in with Danda Paxton’s
moody, edgier-than-usual indie boy vox, the track, like much of
the album, brings to mind not just the aforementioned Mazzy Star,
but also Jesus and Mary Chain and other shoe-gazing, floating
indie pop of that era – no bad thing.
There are plenty of similarly excellent moments here – the
jangly, floaty trip of Black Eyes, the eerie
beauty of Save a Little Place, the acoustic stomper
Where’s Your Money?, the fuzztastic You’re
Making This Hard, the hauntingly, discordantly gorgeous
Don’t You Hold Your Head So Low…
The album ends with Fade to my Heartbreak, which
returns things to the epic, anthemic rock that opened the album,
spiced up with a swirling epicness that is positively inspirational.
This is a glorious collection of magnificently out of time tunes,
a rare diamond glittering in the shit of modern indie music. Existing
outside any easily defined genre categorisation, this will be
a real treat to any open minded music lover..
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