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Whaler

Sophie B. Hawkins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Feb 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Budget
  • ASIN: B000024EA1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is truly an amazing piece of work. 28 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In a time when pop music is written by thousands of artists and producers and sung by swimsuit wearing cheerleaders, this album comes as a releif. Recorded from original demo's in her home studio 'the tugboat palace'and produced by Annie Lennox masermind Steven Lipson, every song is a shining individual masterpeice of pop professionalism. Sophie's Percussion roots shine through and on many of the songs there is an air of 1920' france glimpsing through and shooting the music off at angles never thought possible. Look out for 'Mr Tugboat Hello', a song which starts off with a camp minimalist piano feel and ends up as a huge celebratory feeling instrumental, with chugging guitars and sounding horns giving the feel of a post war ship coming into harbour for one last time. Amazing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album from an Underrated Star! 15 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sophie B. Hawkins is probably best known for her bold, honest song, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" which is featured on her first album, "Tongues and Tails". However, he latest album, "Whaler", has a great deal more depth and contains a wider variety of great songs. Her most successful song from this album is most likely, "As I Lay Me" but the same spunk and feeling she exudes in that song runs throughout the entire album. Other great singles from this album include: "Right beside you", "Did we not choose each other"," Let me love you up" and the zesty track, "I Need Nothing Else". This album is great, it is one of those hidden treasures in the world of music!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars listen to the lyrics 6 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
in love I trust - I put my faith... to make me happy, to keep me safe. In you I find a way to loose myself - thrill me baby I need nothing else'' ( track 9 - I need nothing else )
this album is one that I play time after time and is one of my favourite albums of all time... its a soppy but strong, grounded album and I love it - she writes and sings these songs from the heart and i thoroughly recommend it for those romantic evenings as background music - although 'a true romance' should be played loudly if you are madly in love!! buy it!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cuppa tea! 2 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album because I have always loved the song 'Right Beside You', its one song that has stuck in my mind over the years. Regretably though the rest of the album isnt anywhere near as good in my personal opinion. I was hoping that Sophies other songs was going to be along the same lines as 'Right Beside You' but was very mistaken. The rest of the album takes on a more simplistic aproach with songs that are very forgetable. None of the remaining tracks on the album have anywhere near as much emotion or melody and all are lacking a nice bassline and synths unlike the opening track. Each to their own but if your like me and expecting a more upbeat highly charged album, you would be wrong.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars . . . like fine cognac in crystal. 7 Dec 1998
By Randolph Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Elle chante tres belle! And her writing is superb. Sophie may bring to mind Madonnaesque writing and singing until the maturity and lusciousness of songs such as "Only Love (The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty)," "True Romance," and "As I Lay Me Down" establish art of breadth. Although the lyrics are slightly cryptic, anyone can relate to their plaintive declaration of classically romantic love. Whaler is the only Sophie album I've listened to; thus, there is no reference point to her other work. Nevertheless, I was skeptical in purchasing Whaler, having only heard the radio hit, "As I Lay Me Down." Oftentimes, radio hits are album highlights. On Whaler, "As I lay me Down" is the average. To me, "Only Love (The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty) and "True Romance" are better songs than "As I Lay Me Down." These songs are slow torch songs. "Right Beside You," (Song #1) is fast with a big synthesized sound; however, Sophie is best with slow torch songs.
Incredibly, Sophie's musical breadth encompasses Broadway (e.g., Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber): Tunes such as "Mr. Tugboat Hello" and "Let Me Love You Up" juxtapose "As I Lay Me Down," proving Whaler the profound work that it is. Sophie says, "J `ai un regrette et mes chansons," meaning that she is left with regret and her songs. (I've never experienced such writing in a female singer before that takes sorrow in life and transforms it into joy.) Might we all be better for suffering?
Whaler is a celebration of life for romantics that will overtake you with joy in a few listenings (or immediately). You have to take all of Whaler's parts as a whole, which flows like warm honey--the lyrics and melody from song #1 to song #11; this is very satisfying!
My favorite song is "Only Love (The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty). The childish title does not detract from the beauty and seriousness of this song. She, like me, believes in the unreal. For example, Belle loved the Beast in spite of his ugly face, because he REALLY needed her, and his ugly face could not eclipse his true love for her.
I look forward to more Sophie, who is a little Madonna, a little Natalie Merchant, a little Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a lot of Sophie B. Hawkins. . . .
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on Production 13 Sep 2003
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure you've had the experience of finding an old tape or CD that you bought for one or two songs tucked away in a drawer somewhere. Unable to remember what song was the 'one' you pop it in the player and discover that the rest of the album was every bit as good.
'Whaler' seems to doomed to perpetual semi-obscurity, occasionally rediscovered, but most often forgotten. Which is a bit of a shame. There are more than a handful of excellent ballads here (Only Love - Did We Not Choose Each Other - As I Lay Me Down) and many others that are only slightly short of that level. Hawkins has an 'interesting' voice - whispery rather than whiskey, capable of sharpening to a pure tonal quality when needed. And the lyrics are far from simpleminded.
Perhaps it is the overpowering production values used. She gets more backup and studio work than many stars, and this occasionally rings a trifle false. But, after all, it was as a pop singer that she was trying to make a breakthrough, and I can't really fault her for putting everything she had into the effort.
I find that now, years after I bought it, the album repays listening with a sufficiently of performance. A bit more than easy listening and worth investigating.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As I lay me down 11 May 2003
By Erica Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have not listened to "Whaler" in years but I recently popped this cd into the stereo because I always come back to listen to the gorgeous ballad "As I Lay Me Down" so I felt compelled to listen to the cd in its entirety. "Whaler" is a gorgeous pop album which I always thought was highly overlooked back in 1998, let alone Sophie B. Hawkins as a vocalist. The album is filled with lush pop melodies. Very soothing and cathartic to listen to on a cold, rainy night, especially when the songs are sung by Sophie who has such a lovely ethereal voice. I almost forgot how much I enjoyed listening to mid-tempo track "Right Beside You". The same with "Don't Don't Tell Me No". Of course my two favorite songs on the cd has to be the singles "As I Lay Me Down" and "Only Love (The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty)". "As I Lay Me Down" still sends chills down my spine even all these years when I have gone through various musical phases. That is one of the best ballads I have ever heard and Sophie pulls it off without making the song sound cheesy ala Celine Dion. Obviously I am not the only person who loves this song to pieces. "As I Lay Me Down" have been used countlessly in films and television series. I wished that the follow up single "Only Love" received as much as airplay as "As I Lay Me Down". "Only Love" is another personal favorite song. I liked the album mix over the radio mix I heard when it was released as a single, same with "As I Lay Me Down". The radio mixes for those two songs totally ruined the essence of the songs. I also adore the hopelessly romantic "Let Me Love You Up". The title sounds silly but the melodies are simply gorgeous. Sophie certainly had a knack for pop melodies and she certainly showcased her abilities on "Whaler". Kinda sad to see her career in limbo.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 4 Dec 2001
By T. Jones-Yelvington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sophie B. Hawkins is an odd sort of artist, one who defies every imaginable convention and manages to stand in a category all her own. Just what this category is remains up for grabs.
I first purchased this album about a year ago off a sale rack at -- of all places -- a Rite Aid drug store. I was familiar w/ Sophie's "As I Lay me Down," a popular radio single from my middle school years, as well as "Lose Your Way" from the Dawson's Creek soundtrack and Sophie's recent "Timbre." I expected more works along the lines of these two songs -- sweet, mildly melancholic singer-songwriter love ballads.
I was shocked to insert the album and embark upon the fast-paced, almost 80's-esque synthesizer oddyssey that is "Right Beside You." What was going on? Women from my female singer-songwriter shelf weren't supposed to sound like women from my 80's pop diva shelf. Who was this strange creature? Too frightened to hear more, I stuck Sophie at the bottom of my shelf and virtually forgot she existed.
That is, until a month or so ago, when I happened to randomly give this album another shot. Now more prepared for what I was getting myself into, I found myself falling into Sophie's intoxicating musical landscape.
Most of the artists I hold most dear have a sound that one might refer to as intimate, and on a surface level, Sophie is anything but. "Whaler" is an apt description of many of Sophie's vocals. She literally whales, backed by heavy production, with everything from synthesizers, drums and pounding pianos to dolphin and monkey calls. And though Sophie's songwriting dwells in a territory one might initially refer to as poppish, she very quickly and effectively subverts the pop sound, often changing melodies many times over the course of a song and combining lyrics and music in highly non-traditional ways. This may be Sophie's greatest strength -- she hooks, then shocks and confounds you.
It is hard to find a comparison for Sophie -- she is that unique. However, her atmospheric experimentation reminds me a bit of Kate Bush, as well as selected works by Tori Amos, Heather Nova, Jane Siberry and Paula Cole.
Sophie is a surprising and enigmatic artist, one who is at once accesible and inaccessible. As in my case, the vocal and musical histrionics of "Whaler" may take some getting used to. But once you do, I guarantee you'll find yourself listening to this album until the piano intro to "Don't Don't Tell me No" is stuck on constant replay in your head, and those damned Jungle monkeys are haunting you in your sleep...
TIM J-Y
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whaler (Sophie B Hawkins) 15 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can't say that this CD is good or bad, because it isn't either. It had some songs that are really nice, pretty, and harmonic, like the type Jewel sings. Then it has some of a funkier nature, that you can really dance to. But some of the songs are just total losers. They just put you to sleep like lullabies. They say nothing, they mean nothing, and they are nothing, except junk. The songs you hear on the radio are only the best of her works, so even if you like one song, you should hear ALL of them before buying the CD. But I'm not saying it's all bad, because some of the songs on this CD are very cool and very pleasant.
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