|Studio album by Slowdive|
|Released||17 May 1993|
|Singles from Souvlaki|
Souvlaki is the second studio album by the English rock band Slowdive. Recorded in 1992, it was released on 17 May 1993 in the UK and on 8 February 1994 in the US. The album was the group's last in the Shoegazing and Dream Pop style before they took a more ambient and post-rock direction on their third and final studio album, Pygmalion.
The album's title was taken from a skit by The Jerky Boys, where one of the duo prank called a hotel manager asking him to perform sexual acts on their wife. Upon learning the manager was Greek, the caller says "My wife loves that Greek shit... She’ll suck your cock like Souvlaki."
The album includes songwriting contributions from Brian Eno on "Sing" and "Here She Comes".
Background and Recording
Prior to writing the album, band members Rachel Goswell and Neil Halstead had ended their relationship and Halstead began to spend more time writing songs alone; a process that had been completed by the full band in the past. Early demos for the album were influenced by Joy Division and Low by David Bowie. These demos were initially rejected by Creation Records boss Alan McGee, but he later decided to give the band full creative control over the album. Slowdive asked Brian Eno to produce the album and he declined, however he agreed to do a couple of days of recording with Halstead, and out of these sessions came the tracks "Sing" and "Here She Comes". Following these sessions Halstead began to take greater influence from ambient music and has cited Aphex Twin and Dub music as influences for the track "Souvlaki Space Station""
The album's US release was delayed for nearly a year and includes the previously unreleased cover of "Some Velvet Morning" (written by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra in 1967) and three tracks from the band's 1993 5 EP, comprising the four US release bonus tracks. A two-disc remastered re-issue of the album was released in 2005 by Castle Music, a subsidiary label of Sanctuary Records.
Souvlaki initially had a mixed reception from critics, with some reviews bordering on ridicule. Dave Simpson in his review for the album for Melody Maker said "...‘Sing’ aside, I would rather drown choking in a bath full of porridge than ever listen to it again". In 2015, the band and Creation Records boss Alan McGee stated they felt that when the album was released Dream Pop and Shoegazing had become unfashionable and the music press were more interested in Britpop bands like Oasis.
Despite the initial criticism, the album has received widespread acclaim from contemporary critics. In his retrospective review, Nitsuh Abebe of Pitchfork called the album "a bit of an Essential Slowdive in itself". Jack Rabid, writing for Allmusic described the album as "...quiet, moving, and aggressive simultaneously, mixing trance-like beauty with the deepest delayed guitar sounds around, a sound at once relaxing, soothing, and exciting, and most of all harshly beautiful."
All songs written and composed by Neil Halstead, except where noted.
|4.||"Sing"||Brian Eno, Slowdive||4:51|
|5.||"Here She Comes"||2:19|
|6.||"Souvlaki Space Station"||Halstead, Slowdive||5:58|
|7.||"When the Sun Hits"||4:47|
|Bonus tracks for US release|
|11.||"Some Velvet Morning"||Lee Hazlewood||3:23|
|12.||"Good Day Sunshine"||5:08|
|14.||"Country Rain"||Halstead, Rachel Goswell||3:33|
|2005 Castle Records reissue bonus disc|
|1.||"Some Velvet Morning"||Hazlewood||3:22|
|3.||"Moussaka Chaos"||Halstead, Slowdive||6:24|
|5.||"Good Day Sunshine"||5:08|
|7.||"Country Rain"||Halstead, Goswell||3:34|
|8.||"In Mind (Bandulu Mix)"||8:06|
|9.||"In Mind (Reload Mix)"||10:26|
- Neil Halstead – vocals, guitar
- Rachel Goswell – vocals, guitar
- Christian Savill – guitar
- Nick Chaplin – bass guitar
- Simon Scott – drums
- Additional personnel
- Brian Eno – keyboards and treatments on "Sing" and "Here She Comes"
- Rabid, Jack. "Souvlaki – Slowdive | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
- Abebe, Nitsuh (28 November 2005). "Slowdive: Just for a Day / Slowdive / Pygmalion | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
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