Seasons of Your Day

Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2013 Ratings: #375 / 1035
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Based on 63 ratings
2013 Ratings: #226
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September 24, 2013 / Release Date
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Rhymes of an Hour / Label
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Tiny Mix Tapes

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.

The Line of Best Fit

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.


A lot can happen in 17 years, but one thing that doesn’t appear to have changed is Mazzy Star’s ability to produce beautiful, mesmerising tunes; there is less psychedelic fuzz than earlier efforts but the results are just as stunning.


In essence, the album is everything you could want, finding Mazzy Star older and wiser, but still as dreamy as ever.


If there's progression, it lies in the record's sparsity – percussion and bass are a minimal presence throughout. The songs, however, still seep into the bloodstream.

The Fly

The passing of time has barely altered core members Hope Sandoval and David Roback’s floaty, melancholic mood.


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 


If Mazzy Star have done amazingly well bringing back their initial sound and spirit, they also haven’t done anything to transcend its limitations. As gorgeous as the music can be, it still tends to work best in the background, a mood or vibe to give a dim room a nice tint. 


Sure, 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.

Drowned in Sound

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.

Consequence of Sound

It’s about as confounding as it is disappointing, really: despite seeming to be on hiatus, David Roback claims the band “never stopped writing or recording” after 1996′s Among My Swan — which should prompt any fan to wonder how it took 17 years to generate such a sludgy, tired set as this. 

"Seasons of Your Day" is a return to form for the band. The album is dreamy and nostalgic, while Hope Sandoval's voice remains the same over the years, she sounds like she's at her early 20s.

Highlights: "In the Kingdom", "California", "Does Someone Have Your Baby Now", "Sparrow"
For the true believers who waited for 17 years, here's the band's fourth album, simply trying to re-create a past that has been already said and done by the same nostalgic heart...
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Year End Lists

#9/The Fly
#20/Rough Trade
#27/Crack Magazine
#50/Q Magazine

Track List

  1. In the Kingdom
  2. California
  3. I've Gotta Stop
  4. Does Someone Have Your Baby Now
  5. Common Burn
  6. Seasons of Your Day
  7. Flying Low
  8. Sparrow
  9. Spoon
  10. Lay Myself Down
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Added on: July 16, 2013