Badwater - Speck Mountain
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  • Summary: The third release from the Chicago self-described "ambient soul" duo of Marie-Claire Balabanian and Karl Briedrick added drummer Chris Dye and organist Linda Malonis to the band.
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  1. Feb 6, 2013
    80
    Fans of dreamy, spaced out music should definitely put Speck Mountain on their “must listen” list. Current fans of the band will find themselves satisfied with this offering, which deserves to find many, many listeners.
  2. 80
    Speck Mountain have taken the high road, sporting influences in their back pocket as a kerchief rather than wiping them on their sleeve.
  3. Feb 6, 2013
    70
    At their best, they sound like a still-warm, half-remembered dream. [Feb 2013, p.79]
  4. Feb 6, 2013
    60
    It’s a difficult one to love; most of these songs will drift out of your brain almost as soon as they enter.
  5. Feb 6, 2013
    60
    Badwater is more accomplished but also less astonishing, a victory of craft over pure sensation.
  6. 60
    Drenched in minimal, slow and moody arrangements, Badwater, like Speck Mountain’s previous efforts, gives no apology for its intentional pace. In fact it revels in it.
  7. Feb 8, 2013
    60
    The shadow of Mazzy Star's drowsy psychedelia still hangs heavily over everything they do. But they do it so persuasively, so single-mindedly, that it's never an issue putting that to one side. [Mar 2013, p.110]
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