Alison's Halo
Eyedazzler 1992-1996


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
October 13th, 2010 | 104 replies | 9,842 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: drugs have never been better.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

It’s always unfortunate when bands with enormous potential never manage to capitalise on their talent, leaving realised fans holding on dearly to whatever little material they can find. Alison’s Halo is one such band– forming in ’92, they fit right into the shoegaze/dream pop sensation that swept across the UK and US in the early to mid 90s. Though there are distinct differences between the styles of the European and American shoegaze counterparts, these differences are generally subtle and not always easily discernible. Thus, it came as a bit of a shock to me after some time of listening to this record that Alison’s Halo was actually an Arizonan group, and not British as I had originally suspected. The airy female vocals and sweeping melodies have Slowdive written all over, and the simple quality of the songs didn’t really reflect what I already knew of American shoegaze. Nonetheless, they are an American group, and despite never having really achieved much in terms of musical output, this compilation contains some of the best pop infused shoegaze songs a dreamer could ever dream.

Eyedazzler is a compilation of songs the band had recorded from their formation up until 1996. Seeing as it’s just a collection of material from a four year period, it’s hard to really comment on any stylistic or thematic continuity that the album may have, but there certainly is a tangible flow to it – there is no alternating production quality as some compilations unfortunately have, and the way in which the songs are ordered (whether it was on purpose or not I cannot say) makes the entire thing all the more inviting. The compilation opens with not only the best song, but the best three songs – not only are they amazing pop songs, they’re also the most accessible on the record and best at displaying exactly what Alison’s Halo is all about. These then create a sort of path into the later, somewhat longer songs such as ‘Slowbleed’ and ‘Torn’, which are equally as good but require a little more dedication.

If any comparisons are to be made, Slowdive and their renown Souvlaki record comes to mind, with sprinklings of other prominent UK shoegaze groups such as Lush. The usual angelic vocals and melancholic vibes that characterise these bands is very prominent in Alison’s Halo’s sound, but it is executed here with a sense of charm which sets it apart and gives it a somewhat more refined personality. The drone influenced paranoia of US shoegaze as can be heard in groups like Bethany’s Curve or Lovesliescrushing is noticeably absent, allowing it to be better compared to the earlier British groups. Unfortunately for us, Eyedazzler is basically the only coherent record one can hear from the group. Since its release in 1997, only a very unfavourably reviewed EP was released and another EP of older material. Perhaps the obscurity of the band adds to its appeal, but the strength of this album alone makes it a very worthwhile shoegaze record.



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rasputin
October 13th 2010



14512 Comments


probably my most listened to shoegaze group after slowdive, which is saying something considering they only really have this one album. it's definitely not as influential as the likes of my bloody valentine, but i certainly enjoy it far more.

liledman
October 13th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i always see these guys name around, maybe its time i checked them out.

rasputin
October 13th 2010



14512 Comments


listen to it before it starts getting too warm to be depressed

though this is poppy enough to be good in summer too

liledman
October 13th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah dude i get you on that one, ive just been getting into black metal and then all of a sudden its 20 everyday, i mean cmon...

BallsToTheWall
October 13th 2010



44164 Comments


Good shit. I thought about reviewing The Boo Radleys next.

kount
October 13th 2010



1279 Comments


alisons blomo

kount
October 13th 2010



1279 Comments


will listen to this soon

AggravatedYeti
October 13th 2010



7684 Comments


nice review
I've only ever heard these guys in passing; in cars, stereos, etc.
should give this an actual attentive listen I'm thinking.

jingledeath
October 13th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is super

Ire
October 13th 2010



41746 Comments


i need this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2010



30865 Comments


Yeah, this does sound really good

Stellar review Rasp

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

Enotron
October 13th 2010



7695 Comments


souped to check out

SpicsterGMex
October 13th 2010



111 Comments


oh gawd yes album rules berkay we havent talked in forever omg

rasputin
October 13th 2010



14512 Comments


miss you chance

forgot to mention it was trickster who introduced these guys to me, on a sad and lonely afternoon many moons ago

yah everyone should get this asap

xfearbefore
October 13th 2010



1245 Comments


Sweet review, led to me downloading this album. Just got done listening and it's pretty damn awesome, very reminiscent of Ride but with female vocals, and I f'n love Ride. Definitely going to be giving this some rotations in the coming weeks.

Digging: Tiger Army - Tiger Army

rasputin
October 13th 2010



14512 Comments


yah I can see the Ride comparisons, it's maybe a little cleaner too

if you're like me, you'll get addicted to the really good songs - they don't really ever get boring

xfearbefore
October 13th 2010



1245 Comments


"Sunshy" is absolutely awesome.

liledman
October 17th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok so this is reeeally good

rasputin
October 17th 2010



14512 Comments


but of course

porch
October 17th 2010



8441 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review man i'll get this



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