Azure Ray, 'Drawing Down the Moon' (Saddle Creek)

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Drawing Down the Moon
Critical Mass
Label: Saddle Creek

by Josh Modell

Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor dissolved Azure Ray in 2004 to pursue projects that closely recalled their band's sad, soothing sound, and this reconvening offers few surprises. Mannered, wistful melancholy abounds: When pulses quicken (as on "Don't Leave My Mind" and "In the Fog"), Azure Ray can prick ears. When relying mostly on their beautiful voices, as with "On and On Again," they become Indigo Girls for the indie-rock set. "We do the best that we can" is a telling lyric -- Drawing is occasionally eager and unstoppably pleasant, but just as often drifts as dazzles.

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