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  • Summary: This is the second full-length release for California-based Tia Cabral.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  1. Feb 27, 2019
    90
    From sharp, wispy aches to flat, guttural releases, vocal notes move innately and curiously. She sings to discover as if every bellow imagines a peace that her spoken voice cannot. ... [An] unpredictable, nuanced album.
  2. Feb 22, 2019
    90
    New voices and ideas fading in and out like ghosts, it's an ambitious second act that meaningfully departs from the proven formula that earned the project early buzz, all to invigorating effect.
  3. Feb 22, 2019
    82
    Mazy Fly is idiosyncratic, but in a thoughtful and imaginative way that is too appealing to resist.
  4. Feb 22, 2019
    80
    It's not a perfect album by any means, but I don't think it wants to be. It just wants to, be. Musically it walks a proverbial tightrope and often loses balance. The beauty, however, is in the moments when it does fall. Because for every time Mazy Fly falls from the sky, there is always a safety net on standby briefly followed by the next enthusiastic trapeze flip in Chrystia Cabral's psychedelic circus of one.
  5. Feb 25, 2019
    80
    Despite the flying dog daydream that inspired the record, Cabral often underlines the more fantastical elements of her work with a deep sense of melancholy.
  6. Feb 22, 2019
    80
    Spelling continuously reinvents herself and her sound. What at first listen may turn many off bears repeated listening, through the often terrifying kaleidoscope of sound is a melodic pop centre.
  7. Feb 22, 2019
    70
    There are a few moments on the album where the drums sound a little cluttered or it isn't quite clear what direction a song is going in, although perhaps that's to be expected for music meant to be this dreamlike--it's not always supposed to make perfectly logical sense. Regardless, the album is a delightful trip from an unmistakably original artist.

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  1. Feb 25, 2019
    9
    I liked Spellling's debut, "Pantheon of Me," so much that I was nervous about this follow-up. I'd never heard anything quite like "Pantheon,"I liked Spellling's debut, "Pantheon of Me," so much that I was nervous about this follow-up. I'd never heard anything quite like "Pantheon," with its ghostly whispers, shifting tempos and offbeat accessibility. I'm thrilled to report that "Mazy" is similar in style but stranger in substance -- a welcome shift. The instrumentation is a bit broader and bolder, and the subject matter -- slave ships, aliens visiting Earth to dance and, you know, love -- is on the right side of the line between "out there" and "just silly." My only complaint is that the album passes quickly. I sense Spellling could create something a lot more epic, given the scope of her talent, and hope that's something to look forward to down the road. I'll note that the last time I was this interested in a follow-up, the artist was Badly Drawn Boy and the debut was 2000's "The Hour of Bewilderbeast." He never put out anything else even one-third as good as that album, and I'm so glad Spellling hasn't followed a similar trajectory. Expand