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A recommended blast from the past,
This review is from: Star (Audio CD)
After cutting her teeth with underground bands such as Throwing Muses and The Breeders, Tanya Donnelly decided to branch out and formed her own band which she christened Belly which is allegedly her favourite word. Starting off with the meloncollic Someone to Die for, the album bursts into life with indie rockers Angel and Dusted, both. After this initial burst, the record demonstrates a versititlity that Donnelly was unable to bring to the fore with her previous two bands. The lyrics themselves are full of imagry which along with memorable hooks and folk rock influences makes this one of the better debut albums released at this time. In fact, I would be hard pushed to name too many better debuts from any other period. The two main singles, Gepetto and feed the Tree are excellent slices of indie pop. These were boths hits and gave Belly an unexpected cross over success that Donnelly had been unable to find with either of her previous two bands. The album might appear to be a little dated, as the era of this sort of indie pop died out around the mid 1990's, but it is still worth a listen to. It must be said that Donnelly suffers from the fact that her lyrics are a little too precious, or that some of the ideas remain as not well though out as others, but this is a very good record. Highly recommended.