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Some Sweet Relief

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Shame On The Soul
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Fidelity Shake
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Angela
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I Feel Eternal
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Some Sweet Relief
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Backslider
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Backsliding
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Twinlines
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Sister Water
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 38:14

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Absorbing, if not terribly dynamic

spokospoko

Honestly, this is one of my favorite albums to actually put on and listen to. The only reason I didn't rate it higher is that it is pretty monotonous. I don’t mind much, but I recognize the fault. Still, if you ever loved Mazzy Starr, you have to give this a listen. It just fills the room with a kind of beautiful, transcendental melancholy.

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Just "okay"

shmarly

This one captured me for about two listens, and then it just kind of wafted away. Not especially memorable.

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Nice --

funoka

Similar to Cowboy Junkies

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Best thing I've heard in a year...

cloudpleaser

Out of nowhere, a really great record. Atmospheric, kinda sexy rock, well written songs. I can hear electronica, soul, even the blues in it. And the singer is just awesome...

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Just Right.

CBear80

A perfect distillation of everything I love about sad, echo-y music.

They Say All Music Guide

Speck Mountain’s debut album owed much of its lush ambiance to Mazzy Star, the seminal dream pop band that blazed a similarly trippy trail during the 1990s. Released three years later, however, Some Sweet Relief finds the group paying homage to its soulful side, particularly the Staple Singers, while maintaining the dreamy foundation that upheld 2006′s Summer Above. A bluesy undercurrent runs beneath the album’s puddles of organ and chiming guitar, and some of the album’s best moments occur whenever that undercurrent bubbles up into the mainstream: the soul-singing coda of “Backsliding,” the urban trip-hop swagger of “Angela,” the neo-spiritual title track, and the flashes of Stax-styled saxophone in “I Feel Eternal.” Marie-Claire Balabanian is a versatile singer throughout, capable of dissolving her alto into a sea of gauzy, harmonized coos or locating the blue note in an otherwise summery melody. This may be consciously uncomplicated music, a style that relies as much on atmospherics and emotional nuance as the chord progressions themselves, but Balabanian adds a bit of weight to the mixture, allowing reverb to surround her voice without shrouding its distinctive, husky tones. For those raised on dream pop bands and space rock songs, Some Sweet Relief sounds somewhat timeless, a 40-minute offering of neo-psych gospel that’s more polished, more promising, and altogether stronger than most of the band’s contemporaries. – Andrew Leahey

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