Whiskey Tango Ghosts CD
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TANYA DONELLY Whiskey Tango Ghosts (2004 UK 11-track CD album recorded near her home in Cambridge Massachusetts includes guest appearances by her husband Dean Fisher [ex-Juliana Hatfield Three] plus Rich Gilbert [Frank Black & The Catholics]& Elizabeth Steen [Natalie Merchant]. Housed in a digipak picture sleeve with 12-page illustrated lyric booklet printed on textured paper CAD2418CD)
It might be a cliché that musicians only truly reach middle age when they start work on their first country album, but Whiskey Tango Ghosts proves that musical maturity needn't equal artistic stagnation. Consciously inspired by artists such as Lucinda Williams, Gram Parsons, and Emmylou Harris, this is a record that offers a sound some way removed from creator Tanya Donelly's previous outfit, candy grungers Belly. But Donelly's voice has improved with age, and on this warm, immersive collection, she's brought about an impressive change of musical priorities: gone are the moments of technicolour dischord and taste for syrupy shoegazer fuzz, replaced by a new clarity that places gentle, unadorned instrumentation and simplicity of form at the centre of the vision. Fans will be relieved that despite this record's vaunted country edge, there's no Garth Brookes haminess: the pedal steel and Nashville guitar, which comes courtesy of Rich Gilbert from Frank Black's The Catholics, is effective in its restraint. Meanwhile, tracks such as "My Life As a Ghost" and hymn-to-abstinence "Golden Mean" work the clever trick of sounding satisfied, but mercifully, never self-satisfied. This is a welcome return. --Louis PattisonSee all Product Description
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When guitarist Tanya Donelly was given the chance to contribute to the tracklists , she displayed a more ethereal and less angry aspect of female songwritting . Not being able to release as much material as she'd like to , she left the Muses in the early 90's to form the Breeders and soon after that Belly whose first album " Star " , in spite of containing some deeply personal , dark fairytales-gone-wrong , sold an amazing million of copies in the US . All the sudden it was 4AD at the Grammies and the active music press which supported good music couldn;t have been more happy . Belly's second offering " King " had even more neurotic smiles for die-hard Donelly fans yet lacked the spooky , sweet music atmosphere of their debut . Although cd-singles " Now They'll Sleep " , " Super Connected " and " Seal My Fate " deserved a better luck in the charts , " King " just didn't give reasons to the alternative-rock audience to prefer Belly at that moment in time over other still criminally overlooked bands like the Sonic Youth or even the rest of the Throwing Muses themselfs whose " University " also released in '95 was far more direct and meatier .
Donelly's solo efforts which followed were truly exceptional .Read more ›
When I say mellow, gone are the anthems from "Lovesong For Underdogs" and gone is the pure darkness from "Beautysleep". Here we have acoustic guitar melodies embellished with pianos, bass guitars and minimalist percussion - and it works fantastically.
Tanya's voice shines as she does her fragile best to sing you to sleep with various love songs, many of them thing little country twists in them but without the country parts being too overpowering. Only on occasion does Tanya become dark with the delicious "My Life As A Ghost".
Melodic, soothing, sweet yet not sickly - I'd recommend this album to anyone who wants quieter music somedays.
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Tanya Donelly continues her transition from jangly indie rocker to folksy accoustic singer with this, her first all-accoustic album. Read morePublished on 8 May 2011 by Jason
Listening to this album evokes memories of empty October evenings as the light draws in and you slip into an introspective mood. It's like being wrapped in a blanket of melancholy. Read morePublished on 12 April 2007 by Mr. G. S. Rencourt