Azure Ray - Hold on Love

Azure Ray
Hold on Love

(Saddle Creek)

First Appeared at The Music Box, February 2004, Volume 11, #2

Written by T.J. Simon


The Omaha-based duo of Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor perform as Azure Ray, a group that records gentle pop numbers while singing harmonies in a single, ethereal voice. Its new album Hold on Love is a mellow, string-filled collection of a dozen delicate songs that stylistically falls somewhere between Enya and Rilo Kiley. The discís highlights are the two opening tracks The Devilís Feet and New Resolution, both of which are expansively pretty tunes featuring dreamy vocals. Unfortunately the rest of the album suffers from a uniformity that makes the duoís unique sound feel positively commonplace by its conclusion. While Hold on Love isnít a bad record, it does lose steam way too early in the game. Itís good for setting a quiet mood, but listening behind the wheel could prove to be a dangerously sleepy gambit. starstarstar


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Jem - Finally Woken


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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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