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Pygmalion album cover
Crazy For You
J's Heaven
Visions Of LA
Blue Skied An' Clear
All Of Us
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 48:39

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Extremely Good


These guys got it right with this record as far as the whole "shoegaze" (cough!) , "dreamy guitar" scene went. A beautiful album.

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Creepy and great


How did this record evolve into Mojave 3? I'll never understand that. I loved Souvlaki and Just For a Day, but this was and still is an incredible record. The band found this great new minimalistic approach that basically tanked live and ended their career. It shares a lot in common with Eno or Aphex Twin's ambient stuff, and if you listen to it with the lights out, you're not totally sure whether it's relaxing or disturbing. Totally great, even 10 years later.

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something to believe in


Whereas Souvlaki contains an essential cut from the group - "Where The Sun Hits" - it's the less rocky inclusions that lead me to draw for Pygmalion as a complete work. The specified tracks narrative: "Sweet thing I want you, burns so fast it scares me / mind games don't leave me, come so far don't lose me. It matters where you are" consolidates well what depth I cherish from Slowdive. This is a record for all who appreciate blue skies. Highly recommended and a clear step forward for this seminal collective.

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This is quite simply among the greatest albums of all time.

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Good Music


I found this album by accident (so common on e-music) and had never heard of Slowdive. The sampling got me curious, so I downloaded the entire album. If you like dreamy, mind-melding spacy music you will like this album. Definitely not a dance album

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As long as you know what to expect...


Actually, I've always considered this one of the first "post-rock" albums - it was clearly a reaction to all the Herman's Hermits revivalism going on at the time. At first, I was disappointed in "Pygmalion" because I'd been waiting a long time for what I'd hoped would be "Souvlaki Junior," and when that didn't materialize, well... it hurt a bit. "Souvlaki" was the sort of album that made you run to the record shop every few days to ask the cashier, "Is there any new Slowdive out?" It took a long time, but eventually I got older and came to appreciate quieter, more introspective music in general, and this album in particular. I still don't like it as much as "Souvlaki," but I prefer it to "Just for a Day."

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if not best then most essential


I bought this album when it came out on vinyl. I brought it home, put it on. I still associate the crackle of a needle on a low-fi record player with what I heard and felt in the next few seconds. From what I understand there are others they feel the same way. Strange life-altering events ensue when listening to this. I only wonder why it never split rock in half and spawned a whole new genre.

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I blame Oasis


By the time this originally came out, Slowdive had been completely forgotten by Creation in favour of the cackling, growling hordes of Lad Rock. It's amazing they even remembered to put this out. Of course, we Slowdive nuts love it the best of all partly *because* it was treated like dirt and so universally ignored. I can't add anything to the already spot-on rave reviews below except to say doesn't it sound like Talk Talk's later albums in places?

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Although I really enjoyed Pygmalion, I prefered Souvlaki and Just for a Day. It is an awesome completion to the Slowdive saga.

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Thank you emusic!


I saw Pygmalion had arrived at emusic, and I nearly fell out of my chair. Thank you for bringing a wonderful, hard-to-find album! A must for anyone's collection.

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Pygmalion is the most abstract of Slowdive’s albums; after moving from the sugary pop of Just for a Day to the more mature and more experimental Souvlaki, the band began to incorporate even more elements of ambient electronica — drum loops, samples, and songs even less tangible than on previous releases. There seem to be two prevailing opinions of the album, among Slowdive fans: either (a) it’s disappointingly “out there,” since it doesn’t work with the conventional pop underlying the sounds of Souvlaki, or (b) it’s absolutely brilliant, taking their sound into the realms it was always destined to go. The second opinion seems a little more reasonable; tracks like “Blue Skied an’ Clear” and “Crazy for You” demonstrate that the songs are still in there, somewhere — they’re just buried under more abstract sounds than before. The album is not for those seeking a direct and solid song under the surface — but for anyone who appreciates the indirect and intangible, it’s a stylistic masterpiece. – Nitsuh Abebe

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