People tend to confuse the band Mazzy Star with it's singer Hope Sandoval. Truth be told, they've been right all along. Sandoval's languid, weeping willow voice is Mazzy Star; the name is a mere formality. With nods to Nic... more »o and the Velvet Underground, So Tonight that I Might See is vintage Mazzy. Remarkably, the recording produced a strikingly undanceable single, "Fade into You," that ascended to respectable rotation on college and AAA radio. The rest of the album sticks close to the single's plaintive, retro balladry. Though Sandoval rarely raises her voice above a sultry whisper, it's bright enough to hold your attention all night. --Nick Heil« less
People tend to confuse the band Mazzy Star with it's singer Hope Sandoval. Truth be told, they've been right all along. Sandoval's languid, weeping willow voice is Mazzy Star; the name is a mere formality. With nods to Nico and the Velvet Underground, So Tonight that I Might See is vintage Mazzy. Remarkably, the recording produced a strikingly undanceable single, "Fade into You," that ascended to respectable rotation on college and AAA radio. The rest of the album sticks close to the single's plaintive, retro balladry. Though Sandoval rarely raises her voice above a sultry whisper, it's bright enough to hold your attention all night. --Nick Heil
Jessica H. from OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Reviewed on 10/10/2007...
This CD is excellent. I love her voice and the instrumentals...wow. If you like mellow chick music with an edge, you will like this album!
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Best of all Mazzy Star by far
D. V. Gulliver | Salem, OR USA | 10/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like either of the other Mazzy Star albums, this one is a little different... in a better way. If you have never heard of this band, but like mysterious, sultry, and deep music, running the gamut from acoustic guitar with female voice, ranging to psychedelic electronic, then maybe it's for you.This is the best of all Mazzy Star's albums. I really wish the group would stick with this style, which is a little darker at times, and a little more acoustic at others, than either 'Swan or 'Brightly. There is only one song on this album (track 2) which I do not truly adore (and it just happens to be the one song which sounds EXACTLY like most of the songs on the other 2 albums).The sound on this album reminds me in an odd way of early Pink Floyd and The Doors, with a sultry female vocalist. It makes great mood music for a make out session. It is good for combating depression. Then again, it also gets me riled up. The title track makes think of what would happen if Jim Morrison was reincarnated as a woman and tried to play "The End" in the 90's. "5 String Serenade" is one of the softest, sweetest, and most gentle songs ever.Also, the recording quality is FANTASTIC! I use this CD as a test/reference whenever I try out new audio equipment."
Words fail me, but I'll try anyway....
M. G Watson | Los Angeles | 10/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Twelve years ago I was sitting on a porch in a college town in the early fall, waiting to go to a party, and the song "Fade Into You" came over the radio. I can still remember the way the plaintive sound of Hope Sandoval's voice, woven into those languid guitar strains, settled over my nervous system with an effect that can only be described as hypnotic. It was a bright, sunny day, but all the sudden I felt like it was half past midnight, and I had nothing to keep me company but a candle and a big bottle of red wine. I was so haunted by the song that at the first opportunity I went out to a record store and bought the CD, "So Tonight That I Might See." It remains my all-time favorite, a bottle of "the good stuff" that I break out only on special occasions.
People have a tendency to discuss albums song by song, but "So Tonight That I Might See" is, to me, just one long piece of music, performed in an unvaryingly mellow and often longing tone of voice. The mood weaves its thread through every track, binding them together into a singular piece of music that is wierdly and intensely beautiful. I would never insult this dark masterwork by skipping ahead to a certain song; I either listen to the whole album (on repeat, drinking some good absinthe if possible and letting the grooves take me where they may) or I don't listen at all. There are rules to drinking the good stuff, you see.
Quite possibly the best album of all time. . . .
Tyr Shadowblade (TM) | Denver, CO | 11/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recall hearing "Fade Into You" a few times on the radio, late at night, during the 90s -- never found out who the group was, and it haunted me. The female vocalist's voice was so full of sadness, and I couldn't even make out half the lyrics 'cause it sounded like she'd washed down a handful of painkillers with a bottle of wine, but it was one of the greatest songs I'd ever heard. . . .
A few years back, I was drowning my sorrows at a local pub when I heard this song over the satellite radio. "Who is this?" I ask the bartender. She doesn't know, but calls the waitress and cook over. The waitress thinks it's "The Sundays" and the cook thinks it's from "The Pallbearer" soundtrack. They were both wrong, but after a bit of research at Amazon, Wikipedia, and the local record store, I FINALLY -- after a decade of wondering -- discovered Mazzy Star.
I've since gotten all 3 albums, but "So Tonight I Might See" is -- by far -- the best. Since Mazzy Star, I've gotten a number of other albums from the "trip hop" and "dream pop" genre -- some of which were quite good -- but this will always be at the top of my list.
"So Tonight I Might See" is, IMHO, the best album of all time. Nothing else is comparable. It is truly in a class of its own."
If you have lost yourself... or are lost yoru way...
Cris | jacksonville, FL | 08/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hope Sandoval knows where you are and she can help you find your way again. Every time I come to a point in my life when I really feel disconnected, Mazzy Star is always there to help me through.
Some reviewers state that this disc is pretentious, but I disagree completely. Sometimes people mistake honesty for pretentiousness and this is one very honest collection of songs. I have no idea what Hope Sandoval and David Roback have been through in their lives, but I do know they are deep and feeling individuals that have managed to pour themselves into their work. So Tonight That I Might See is truly a masterpiece of sorrow, pain, sadness, death, loss and true love. Spiritual. Honest. Devestating. Hope."