Brian Jonestown Massacre: Strung Out In Heaven (1998)
And while I like the debut, Methodone, a fine example of American shoegaze, Strung Out in Heaven is among the band's more consistently enjoyable efforts. There's still a bit of buzz and distortion, but for the most part it's cleaner, often semi-acoustic and folky, but with a nice garage band bite to it.
Opener "Going To Hell" is a catchy, melodic tune that bridges Britpop and Dylan, with some surprisingly jangly guitars backed by insistent late 60s organ vibes. "Wasting Away" retains that Dylanesque vibe, restrained folk-tinged rock, complete with a freakin' harmonica! "Got My Eye On You" is another personal fave, rocking that familiar "Sister Ray"/"Roadrunner" riff (yeah, it's on my mix of similar-sounding songs) with a great 60s garage band groove, slowed down and ingratiating. And "Jennifer" is a pleasantly shambling ditty, playfully channeling Syd Barrett; while "Dawn" manages to sound similarly ragged and casual yet surprisingly bubbly.
Beyond those tunes, it's largely a quiet and moody affair, working the more somber sounds of post-Summer of Love psychedelia and dream pop; think Mazzy Star with opiates instead of psychedelics. Which may make it less riveting than the BJM can be when Newcombe cranks up the guitars, but it's great for kicking back on a cloudy day.
Here's a video for "Going To Hell":