- Audio CD (6 Jun 2003)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Rajon
- ASIN: B00009VGI1
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Mini-Disc | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
Innovative percussion is used throughout to add interesting flourishes to the music, plus voice samples that add atmosphere to tracks like Carry Me. She turns Bob Dylan’s I Want You into a rather sad but beautiful lament, whilst California Here I Come has a spiritual undertone with parts of the lord’s prayer interwoven in the lyrics.
Sometimes her music has a certain quirky reminiscent of the work of Mary Margaret O’Hara or Jane Siberry, as in the beautiful song Before I Walk On Fire. We Are One Body has a fascinating rhythm and vocal arrangement with world music influences, whilst Listen starts with moody, evocative sounds and undergoes frequent tempo changes, from fast and rhythmic back to spoken vocals.
Not every track is equally engaging, but overall Tongues and Tails is a lovely album that will appeal to fans of the singer/songwriter and innovative pop genres.
Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover was a huge hit that requires little explanation on my part. California Here I Come is an ode to change and an embrace of the future, culminating most interestingly with a recitation by Sophie of the Lord's Prayer. Mysteries We Understand is a rocking standout track pulsing with a funky beat, creating an energetic release not to be missed.Read more ›
Most of the songs are medium-tempo and aren't really going to get you bopping around the room (with the exception of "Mysteries We Understand" and "We Are One Body"), but they're a great background to an intimate dinner (trust me) or a rainy Sunday afternoon. Overall, the album is mournful, with songs of love and loss, but that feels right.
I think the absolute highlight is "Damn..." - perfect from the sound of the train at the very beginning of the track to the lyrics "I return as chained and bound to you" near the end. I also love the positive and more upbeat "California Here I Come" and "We Are One Body". "Don't Stop Swaying" and "Listen" are the only misses on the album, in my opinion. I find the narrative in "Don't Stop..." cringe-making, but then I don't like songs that have spoken parts - they seem to date faster somehow and feel pretentious. And "Listen" seems to meander a bit, lacking the focus of the other tracks.
I've also got several other albums by Sophie B Hawkins, but I think this is among the best and most accessible work she's done. It's imaginative and she uses all sorts of everyday sounds (sirens, conversations, etc) as background to some great tracks.Read more ›