Bavarian Fruit Bread
|Bavarian Fruit Bread|
|Studio album by Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions|
|Released||October 23, 2001
(see release history)
|Recorded||2000 in Oakland, London & Oslo|
|Genre||Alternative rock, dream pop, folk|
|Label||Sanctuary Records (U.S.)
Rough Trade Records (U.K.)
Colm Ó Cíosóig
|Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions chronology|
Bavarian Fruit Bread is the debut album from Hope Sandoval, former vocalist of Mazzy Star, and Colm Ó Cíosóig, former drummer of My Bloody Valentine, released under the name Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions on October 23, 2001 by Sanctuary Records in the United States and on November 5, 2001 by Rough Trade in the United Kingdom.
"Suzanne," the album's first and only official single, became a minor hit, with its accompanying music video, directed by Elise Collins, receiving heavy rotation on MTV2 in both the US and UK. A few songs on the album, including "Suzanne", pre-date the formation of Mazzy Star.
Seminal folk musician Bert Jansch performed guitar on two songs found on the album, "Charlotte" and "Butterfly Mornings," the latter being a cover of a song found in the 1970 film The Ballad of Cable Hogue, where it appeared under its original title of "Butterfly Mornings and Wildflower Afternoons." A large portion of "Butterfly Mornings" was used in an advert for Irish TV channel Setanta Sports during Christmas period 2009.
The Japanese and Australian releases contain a thirteenth track, "Sparkly", as a bonus track; it is identical to the track of the same name that appears on the accompanying At the Doorway Again EP, which was released over a year before its parent album.
The album debuted and peaked at #39 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
"The song captures the moment of eye contact when two people realize their lust is mutual." Lori Miller Barrett, neumu.net
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Initial critical response to Bavarian Fruit Bread was generally positive. According to Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75 out of 100, based on 15 reviews.
Many of the positive reviews focused heavily on Sandoval's vocals, with Q magazine stating that "the glacial tones and chimes that The Velvet Underground modelled on "Sunday Morning" are invoked with absolute perfection. Yet even beyond this, Sandoval's sedated, spellbound voice remains a remarkable presence." Lori Miller Barrett, in an overwhelmingly positive review of the album for neumu.net, stated "it's magical and mysterious, compelling and complex," before giving the record a 10 out of 10 score. Alternative Press described the album as "consistently intriguing, haunting and above all, very good," before giving the album a 9 out of 10 score.
Nathan Rooney from Pitchfork opened his review with the personal assessment that he had "begun to grow tired of the Mazzy Star formula before [the group] dissolved," and that without a solid shift in theme and sound from that of her previous work with Mazzy Star, Bavarian Fruit Bread ended up sounding like "a narcissistic and self-paroding record." However, the opening three tracks and the "gorgeous" Charlotte were singled out for particular praise. Also given a positive summation was the track Around My Smile which, despite being described positively as "psychodelic [sic] soul romp," was ultimately dismissed as being "uncreative." The two instrumental pieces were described as "attempts to break new ground," but again were dismissed for "adding nothing [new] to the course of the album."
Allmusic, whose review — along with the review from Pitchfork — was among the most critical, complimented the album's use of "child-like bells, cello and piano, alt-country electric and chamber-bare acoustic guitar and harmonica gasps," but ultimately dismissed the "minimal" backing tracks as "unsatisfying" and summarized the album as "[not particularly] compelling, striking or affecting."
The November 2001 issue of Mojo magazine commented that "[there] is a narcotic quality to these drifting ballads, one that perfectly suits these shell-shocked, terrorised times. As the world gears up for the Apocalypse, I shall take comfort in Bavarian Fruit Bread -- a very haunting, beautiful record." The album was released exactly six weeks after the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York.
|3.||"Butterfly Mornings"||Richard Gillis||3:34|
|4.||"On the Low"||Sandoval, Ó Cíosóig, Alan Browne, Paul McQuillan||5:09|
|5.||"Baby Let Me"||Sandoval, Ó Cíosóig||1:32|
|6.||"Feeling of Gaze"||Sandoval, Ó Cíosóig||3:26|
|9.||"Unlisted "Clear Day" Reprise"||Sandoval||1:18|
|10.||"Bavarian Fruit Bread"||Sandoval||4:07|
|11.||"Around My Smile"||Sandoval, Ó Cíosóig, Browne, McQuillan||4:38|
|12.||"Lose Me On the Way"||Sandoval||7:42|
|13.||"Sparkly" (Japanese/Australian Bonus Track)||Sandoval, Ó Cíosóig||2:32|
|Taiwanese Bonus Disc (AG-031)|
|1.||"Sparkly"||Sandoval, Ó Cíosóig||2:23|
|2.||"Down the Steps"||Sandoval, Ó Cíosóig||3:44|
|3.||"I Thought You'd Fall For Me"||Sandoval, Ó Cíosóig||4:55|
|4.||"These Things"||Sandoval, Ó Cíosóig||3:02|
|5.||"Friends of A Smile"||Sandoval, Ó Cíosóig||2:45|
- The 2009 re-release erroneously excluded "Lose Me On the Way."
|United States||October 23, 2001||Sanctuary Records||CD||06076-83201-2|
|United Kingdom||November 5, 2001||Rough Trade Records||CD/LP||RTRADECD/LP-031|
|Australia||February 5, 2002||EMI International||CD||—|
|Taiwan||May 7, 2002||Avant Garden Records||2-CD Deluxe Edition||AG-031|
|United Kingdom||September 28, 2009||Nettwerk||11-track CD reissue||5-037703-087026|
|United States||September 29, 2009||Nettwerk||11-track CD reissue||B002L430K0|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||40|
|U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers||39|
- Hope Sandoval — vocals, guitar, keys, glockenspiel, harmonica and backing vocals
- Colm Ó Cíosóig — drums, bass, guitar, keys and backing vocals
- Alan Browne — bass on "Drop," "On the Low" and "Around My Smile"
- Jill Emery — bass on "Bavarian Fruit Bread"
- Julian Goldwhite — guitar on "Bavarian Fruit Bread"
- Arve Henrickson — trumpet on "Lose Me On the Way"
- Bert Jansch — guitar on "Butterfly Mornings" and "Charlotte"
- Paul McQuillan — guitar on "On the Low" and "Around My Smile"
- Ji-Young Moon — cello on "Feeling of Gaze"
- Nicole Presley — backing vocals on "Drop"
- Mike Prosenko — guitar on "Drop"
- Produced by Hope Sandoval and Colm Ó Cíosóig
- Engineered by Colm Ó Cíosóig, Heige Sten and Scott Campbell
- Mixed by Heige Sten, except "Drop" mixed by Mads Bjerke
- Mastered by Audun Strype
- Sleeve design by Mike Prosenko
- Photography by Luz Gallardo
- Film stills by Elise Collins
- A New Hope Rises: Mazzy Star's Sandoval makes a solo statement www.hopesandoval.com. Access date: February 3, 2011.
- "Hope Sandoval Breaks Bread" www.rollingstone.com. Access Date: 21st January 2010.
- http://www.allmusic.com/album/r557923 AllMusic Review] www.allmusic.com. Access date: January 5, 2011.
- Alternative Press. Dec 2001 issue. p. 96.
- ArtistDirect Review www.artistdirect.com. Access date: January 5, 2011.
- Drowned In Sound review www.drownedinsound.com. Access date: January 5, 2011.
- "Bavarian Fruit Bread Info" www.metacritic.com. Access Date: January 21, 2010.
- Mojo Magazine. Bauer. Nov 2001 issue. pp. 86–87. ISBN 0-06-098746-4.
- Neumu Review www.neumu.net. Access date: January 5, 2011.
- NME Review www.nme.com. Access date: January 5, 2010.
- Pitchfork review www.pitchfork.com. Access date: January 5, 2011.
- Q Magazine. Nov 2001 issue. p. 41.
- Topic: Bavarian Fruit Bread CD re-issue is missing a song! www.mazzystar.nu. Access date: January 2, 2011.
- "norwegiancharts.com - Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Bavarian Fruit Bread". Verdens Gang. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "Hope Sandoval - Awards : AllMusic". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-18.