Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, At the Doorway Again (Rough Trade): Four years after we last heard from Mazzy Star, Hope Sandoval quietly arises in a new guise, joining forces with former My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm O'Ciosig for a four-song EP. The musical terrain At the Doorway Again charts is painfully quiet and breathtakingly beautiful, with guitars, piano and percussion providing a gentle bed for Sandoval's singing. Her peerless voice colors this record's character, whether she's wondering "if God is a lesbian inside?" on "Around My Smile" or wordlessly sighing on "Sparkly." — Anthony Carew

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