Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Sep 23, 2013
    80
    In essence, the album is everything you could want, finding Mazzy Star older and wiser, but still as dreamy as ever.
  2. Sep 18, 2013
    90
    Mazzy Star may not have evolved much over the past 17 years, but Season Of Your Day proves they never, ever need to. [Oct 2013, p.88]
  3. Nov 21, 2013
    78
    No analysis, no interpretation, nothing to feel uncomfortable about here, just beautiful desolation. Mazzy Star was always a band to hide away with, and nothing's changed in 2013.
  4. Sep 24, 2013
    80
    It’s prime Mazzy Star, the work of a band that knows what it does well. And then does it beautifully
  5. 50
    It’s about as confounding as it is disappointing.
  6. Sep 20, 2013
    60
    Despite Mazzy Star sounding as good as they always have, Seasons Of Your Day only goes to show that the rest of the world has finally caught up with them.
  7. Sep 26, 2013
    82
    It’s the aural equivalent of sweet syrup—slow, molasses-y and utterly satisfying.
  8. Dec 18, 2013
    70
    While it lacks the singular impact of their still flawless debut, it's still an object of languorous beauty, rather like the band itself. [No. 105, p.57]
  9. Sep 19, 2013
    60
    For the most part this pensive, intriguingly restrained album marks a welcome, if overdue, return. [Oct 2013, p.91]
  10. Sep 18, 2013
    80
    It is refreshing to hear Sandoval’s stunning vocals once again coupled with Roback’s guitars. The world is a better place for it.
  11. 80
    Sandoval's voice remains an indescribably beautiful thing, while David Roback's guitar provides haunting backing.
  12. Oct 3, 2013
    60
    As far as comeback albums go, Seasons Of Your Day doesn’t disappoint, but few songs truly stand out.
  13. Sep 24, 2013
    61
    Mazzy Star’s M.O. is a barely present, ghostly ambiance, better sometimes in the background, but after nearly 20 years, a return demands more than essentially being the musical equivalent of late-night Sportscenter, something best enjoyed while drifting in and out of sleep.
  14. Sep 27, 2013
    78
    Those first three albums have always been easy to put on and enjoy, and now we have a fourth to go with them.
  15. Oct 25, 2013
    70
    Its lyrical understatement and deliberately minimalist presentation may not excite newcomers, but those familiar with the languid delivery of Hope Sandoval and the teasing alternation of holding back and letting go that characterizes David Roback’s music, with and without his band mates, will recognize Mazzy Star’s perch between celestial elevation and shrouded descent.
  16. Sep 24, 2013
    70
    It makes for the best kind of comeback: equal parts return and reinvention.
  17. Sep 25, 2013
    80
    Mazzy Star steadfastly stick to their dusty, psych-folk, dream-pop tableaux on Seasons of Your Day. Yet it feels nothing like a '90s hangover; in fact, the touches of organ and pedal steel that open the album hint at Beach House's hazy indie-pop.
  18. Sep 23, 2013
    80
    The Californians still play ethereal tunes that could waft on forever.
  19. Sep 26, 2013
    60
    The unvarying mood can get a little tiring.
  20. 85
    There’s nothing particularly new here, nothing cutting edge, but there is beautiful, considered, genuine songwriting, and to greet such art with any kind of disdain would be nothing short of a travesty.
  21. Sep 23, 2013
    60
    These may not be new songs, but their glazed melancholy does not disappoint.
  22. Oct 10, 2013
    80
    Seasons of Your Day is a no-frills, no-fuss album from a band cocooned in their own impenetrable dreamworld, untouched by the passage of time.
  23. Sep 24, 2013
    90
    Sandoval and her collaborators may never modify the melancholy torch that they bear, but they keep that fire masterfully for those of us who still have a yen for patient, no-frills sounds that happen to serve as a miracle balm.
  24. Sep 18, 2013
    90
    Their first album in almost two decades, David Roback and Hope Sandoval are on stunning form. [Oct 2013, p.71]
  25. Sep 18, 2013
    45
    A band reuniting implies unfinished creative business. In the case of Seasons Of The Day, one strains excessively to imagine what that business might be. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.92]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Sep 24, 2013
    9
    lush. lovely. sad. contemplative. beautiful. dreamy. country. reminiscent. reflective. another magnum opus by a very talented and interesting band. welcome back, mazzy star. Full Review »
  2. Nov 23, 2013
    9
    Sounds like they picked up right where they left off in the 90's and overall it's a very impressive album from start to finish. "Spoon" and "Flying Low" push their sound out the slightest bit further without changing what they are. Full Review »
  3. Nov 4, 2013
    8
    This album feels like a love letter to the fans who've missed Mazzy Star. Their sound is broader but it's very true to what I found beautiful about previous albums. The Kingdom is real high point to the album and it drew me back to when I first discovered this band. It's the first song and it sets the tone for a bittersweet album. The artwork too, is great and very true to their image as a band. I'm not poetic like some reviewers and it's difficult to articulate what the image and music evokes but it's some type of a relaxed-almost melancholy-but-somehow-inspirational feeling. I haven't heard much music that can do this and it takes skill and passion to do what they do.

    For people who've never listened to Mazzy Star, I believe this album is definitely something that could speak to people of different ages and backgrounds. It's also consistent with who they are and has a seductive, melodic, ephemeral sound that is reminiscent of their other songs. It's great to hear that they're still making music and it was worth the wait. Check them out.
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