|Incredibly, I'd never actually owned this classic album before now, and had only really ever heard it at other people's houses. I'm enjoying it tremendously right now. The first song, Halah, is very familiar to me, with Hope Sandoval's incredible voice, which I think it would be accurate to describe as 'twangy' - she kind of sings like a slow, bluesey guitar solo, bending the notes. The second track is also very familiar to me, although not in this version - 'Blue Flower' was covered by my favorites, Pale Saints back in 1992 or 3. This version is great too, but with a more metallic and slightly grungey guitar solo, which I might find objectionable if it wasn't for the great voice over the top. 'Ride it on' is something I know from, I think, one of the Melody Maker 'Gigantic' cassette compilations from the late 80s, which I keenly sent off for at the time.
I actually think the album is quite nicely varied, even though it has an image as being slightly unadventurous and samey. 'Ghost highway', for example, is very spikey and industrial sounding. Throughout, the guitar work is great, both the strummy-indie style stuff and the bluesey lead stuff. Although the slower numbers are more to my taste, it's a great album. It would probably have been worth splashing out on earlier, rather than waiting to find it used, but I guess that's just me.