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Truly a classic,
This review is from: Star (Audio CD)Previously a side-kick in Throwing Muses and The Breeders, Tanya Donelly established her credentials as a singing-songwriting genius with this extraordinary album. It sold 2 million copies worldwide, received two grammy nominations and went to number 2 in the UK album charts. Not bad for an artsy group from Boston's college circuit.
The word that describes this album best is "bewitching". Tanya Donelly sings about angels and witches and decapitated dolls in a little-girl voice. In the background, electric guitars tinkle spookily or grind dramatically, like the sinister soundtrack of a cult horror film. The kind of movie where dolls get possessed by evil spirits and take over the kindergarten...
But what lifts this album well above the rest of the ethereal pop-rock of the early 90s is simply the fact that the songs are really clever and really good.
The most popular songs on this album are the most poppy ones: Gepetto and Feed the Tree. Personally I like the more sinister and evocative tracks: Angel, Low Red Moon, White Belly. The kind of songs that bring out goosebumps and send a shiver down one's spine...
Part of the album's appeal is provided by Tanya Donelly's what's-she-been-smoking lyrics. Most of the time you have no idea what she's singing about, but you know it is not just gibberish but something deep and personal. And sometimes she is just damned funny. How frustrating for God to move the river instead of sending Tanya the man she wanted! How nasty of the bad kid to decapitate Tanya's poor dolls!
Truly a classic album from a great band.