April 2, 2009

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Sara Lov, Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming
Nettwerk Records, March 17

Shimmying forth bearing lazy lullabies for adults, Lov is a survivor of Devics, the LA dream-pop duo whose mission in life was to make the world forget Mazzy Star’s vodka-soaked “Fade Into You,” the song that replaced Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” as the de facto background whenever some pain-in-the-neck TV-drama montage was called upon to intensify any spoon-fed scenario of regret-soaked loneliness as evinced by hopelessly gorgeous method-actors, realistic stuff like that. As a solo act unshackled from Devics’ slo-mo sleepytime dream-pop, she’s now free to explore vastly different things, like... well, slo-mo sleepytime dream-pop, as found in “New York” and “Old Friends.” But aside from those death-defying stunts, she’s put together a rather captivating, unconventional album, having a go at a minimalist slant on Sarah McLachlan’s way with album-pop (“A Thousand Bees”) and otherwise serving up Fiona Apple with half the caffeine, or vice-versa vis-à-vis PJ Harvey (“Just Beneath the Chords”). Best tune is the Rhodes-driven title track, which channels KT Tunstall and Christine McVie at once. B — EWS