Waves Are Universal - Rachel Goswell
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  • Summary: The current Mojave 3 and former Slowdive member makes her long-awaited solo debut with 'Waves Are Universal,' which features production by David Naughton and drumming by Ashley Bates (Chapterhouse).
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
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  1. Goswell's voice... is a rich wonder in itself; and unlike every other singer-songwriter in the world, she sounds nothing like Nick Drake! [26 Jun 2004, p.55]
  2. Each song is meticulously constructed, and feels like a musical soundtrack to lush, magical worlds.
  3. A winsome, musically surprising outing. [Jul 2004, p.114]
  4. Despite the pristine texture, though, many of the melodies find themselves veering into the frankly repulsive world of adult contemporary.
  5. While Waves is not quite a knockout, it delivers some undeniable pleasures nonetheless.
  6. The record is rather safe, lacking an adventurousness that is only touched upon and possibly kept under wraps for the sake of not seeming like too much of a departure.
  7. Without the production pizzazz that made Slowdive so compelling, Goswell is left somewhat adrift. [#7]

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  1. anonymous
    Aug 13, 2004
    10
    Overall, a beautifully touching set of songs. The melodies are sweetly subdued and linger in the mind long after the disc stops spinning. I've been listening to it endlessly since the time I picked it up. A must have for fans of quiet, unassuming, and charming music. Expand