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. A winsome, musically surprising outing. [Jul 2004, p.114]
  3. Each song is meticulously constructed, and feels like a musical soundtrack to lush, magical worlds.
  4. Waves is an album filled with nice touches and sincere sentiment, not much more.
  5. The sad thing about Waves are Universal is that there are many songs that just don't cut it.
  6. Goswell deserves praise for putting together a solid album that could appeal to both fans of her previous work and others.
  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. 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