Friday, November 18, 2011

Mazzy Star-- Common Burn/ Lay Myself Down Rhymes Of An Hour Records (2011)

Ethereal pop duo Mazzy Star haven’t recorded since 1996’s Among My Swan but fans are abuzz about the as yet unnamed full-length (and tour) due in 2012. Stylistically, Hope Sandoval and David Roback’s new double single is nothing new and that’s actually a wise move. “Common Burn” takes up where Swan left off while the major chord strums and lilting slide of “Lay Myself Down” harkens back to 1990 minus the paisley mystique. This pair of songs, as comfortable as an old and cherished sweater, is a familiar fit that will warm old devotees as well as lure new ones.

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