How I love this album! It's one of those select albums that seems packed with personal meaning. It takes me right back to 1997, becoming part of the soundtrack of my life.
I had been an admirer of Tanya Donelly before that, as Belly was one of my favourite bands in the early '90s. Naturally, I was eagerly anticipating her first solo album. Would she still be as good? I needn't have worried. To my great delight, Tanya had become even better!
Why is she so great? May be it is something about the way she can create such ingenious and evocative tunes, putting together notes and rhythms in ways that wouldn't occur to ordinary mortals. It may have something to do with her whimsical lyrics, and the obvious passion that she pours into her songwriting. Then, of course, there is always that distinctive, beautiful voice...
Anyway, it's all here on "Lovesongs for Underdogs". "The Bright Light" is the kind of climactic joyride that brings me out in goosebumps. But the best song on the album is the haunting finale, "Swoon". Not a difficult choice, seeing as "Swoon" may well be the best song I have ever heard.
Tanya Donelly's subsequent albums are just as good, but this one has a special place in my memory.