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A Return to the Inner Experience

Sky Cries Mary

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Album Review

Neo-space rock with a deeply dubbed rave twist, A Return to the Inner Experience was Sky Cries Mary's first full-length release following the reinvention of the band, and it steps out effortlessly from the frontiers established by the earlier EP. The twin vocals swoop and intertwine with ethereal intent, the band ebbs and flows, and two unstoppable forces meet near the center with heart-stopping power. Two covers indicate the sheer breadth of the band's vision: first, the Rolling Stones' "2000 Light Years from Home" is restated with such psychedelic intent that Roderick Wolgamott could laughingly complain that "Brian Jones got into a time machine, saw us playing it, and took it back to the Stones"; later, their vivid amplification of the Stooges' "We Will Fall" not only returns what was already the most atypical song in Iggy Pop's entire repertoire to its original source — the "My Wild Love" chant that he borrowed from the Doors (but which they in turn lifted from Sufi qawwali) — it also connects wholly with the very spirituality that Wolgamott believes lies at the heart of the band. As a teen, Anisa Romero was stricken with a cancer that came close to ending her life. Among the weapons she deployed against it was "We Will Fall." Elsewhere, "Moving Like Water" eddies with aptly titled atmosphere, while a reprise of the EP's "When the Fear Stops" has a minimalistic sparseness that is all the more effective for the power that is exhibited elsewhere. Move on to the mystical trance of "Rain," a distinctly Floydian showcase for Romero and Wolgamott's unearthly harmonies, and A Return to the Inner Experience emerges as one of the most startling albums of its era.

Customer Reviews

My musical taste was forged with this album

Along with the more familliar "This Timeless Turning" this album "A Return to the Inner Experience" forged and imformed my taste in music. Layers upon layers of sounds that never collapse into cacophany, Anissa Romero's etheral voice which pales all imitators (I am looking at you Evenescence). This album should never be shuffled and only listened to in its entirty.

OMG! Sky Cries Mary Finally on iTunes!

Wow. a great band has finally made its way onto iTunes. I have all their albums already, but I notice these versions have a couple new tracks on them. I was introduced to Sky Cries Mary by my boyfriend years ago and have been hooked ever since. Their sound is very soothing, psycodelic, melodical, and sometimes can be fast paced and hard. If you're itching for something new, try them out. You won't regret it.


This is one of those cd's that narrate your life. Totally psychadelic, amazing lyrics, listen to it more than once and I promise you'll be hooked.


Formed: 1989 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Sky Cries Mary began life as a soundtrack vehicle for vocalist Roderick Wolgamott's theater work. Accompanied by Posies Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, the first recordings were made on Wolgamott's 23rd birthday, shortly before he left his native Seattle to attend graduate school in Paris. There he landed a deal with the New Rose label and, upon arrival back in Seattle, the band completed its debut album in eight days. The harsh...
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