The first track "Halah" was released as a single and reached #19 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. It announces the band's trademark effect with haunting guitar work and lyrics, and Hope Sandoval's disengaged vocals. David Roback'sRobby Krieger-inspired psychedelic blues slide guitar style can be heard on the song, "Free". "Ghost Highway" is another psychedelic rock track, with a fast rhythm. This song dates from the band's days as Opal and was initially slated to be the title track of Opal's second album. While not a commercial success, this album did establish Mazzy Star as a unique band with a unique sound.
Allmusic's Jason Ankeny rated the album with three stars out of five. He described Hope Sandoval's vocals as "more sultry" than those of Opal's Kendra Smith. He praised "Halah" and "Blue Flower" but criticized the album's lack of focus, calling the remaining tunes "unmemorable". In A History of Rock Music: 1951-2000, Piero Scaruffi described the album as "a melting pot of acoustic folk, Delta blues, oneiric acid-rock and laconic lounge jazz."