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Type of music generally:
Band has broken up. Final release, Solace (compilation, 2001)
Wikipedia's entry on Mandalay
More ethereal and more trip hop than Dido, softer and more ethereal than lamb, dreamier than frou frou
Their sound is very gentle trip hop, mellow and lovely. Nicola Hitchcock has a soft, dreamy, pretty voice. Their first album with Guy Sigsworth is definitely the better than the second, without him. The first album got immediately caught in my head, and I attribute that to the songwriting and the Sigsworth contribution, because otherwise it's hard to pinpoint the difference between the two albums—the songs in Empathy are just are more distinctive to my ears than those in Instinct. Rather than mood pieces, the songs are catchy to me—there's something more interesting going on with them. I do think the compilation isn't particularly well done. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
Highly recommended for pop and trip hop fans
Guy Sigsworth—Rhodes, sampler, synth, Wurlitzer, piano (appears on all tracks)
Mandalay and Guy Sigsworth
I only have their first UK album, Empathy. I must admit I only like about half of Empathy, but "All My Sins," the one song I absolutely adore from that album, apparently didn't make it on to Solace. So, I would recommend Empathy just for that one song. Every time I hear it, I think it sounds like what Tori Amos would record if she were a trip-hop/electronica artist. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended if you like empathy
Saul Freeman, Nicola Hitchcock
Jon Hassell—trumpet on 2 tracks
Mandalay and Michael Ade
Instinct is a mixture of some excellent and some rather meaningless songs. It doesn't have the genius of their debut album Empathy (featuring Steve Jansen who doesn't appear on Instinct). The first song is followed by three more or less boring tunes. Just when I started to get disappointed, the 5th track made me change my mind. An uneven rhythm, the instrumentation is reduced to a minimum, and Nicola's high and whispering voice and the vocoder voice causes me goosebumps. The following tracks can hold the standard, a mixture of breakbeats, interesting sounds and samples and a haunting voice. (Dirk.Kastens@rz.Uni-Osnabrueck.DE)
Wide in U.S.
Recommended if you can't find empathy
Nicola Hitchcock, Saul Freeman
Guy Sigsworth, Saul Freeman, Michael J. Ade, Mandalay
Solace is a compilation of tracks from empathy and instinct
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