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A work of darkly sparkling sensuality and soul searching from ex-member of Throwing Muses, Breeders & Belly. 4AD.
While it's tempting to suggest that Tanya Donelly tore a page from her stepsister and former Throwing Muses partner Kristin Hersh's songbook for the excellent but overcast Beautysleep, the observations culled here clearly owe to the vagaries of life (and motherhood) rather than the demons of mental illness. Even for a singer-songwriter as versatile as Donelly--contrast her trailblazing, protofeminist punk with the Breeders and the technicolor splatter of Belly--Beautysleep is a simmering stunner, filled with dusty corners, fickle rhythms, stark images, and a haunting duet with late Morphine singer Mark Sandman. That song, the minor-key epic "Moonbeam Monkey," is all the more unsettling thanks to Donelly's own gauzy voice, which stalks the song as much as sings it. "The Night You Saved My Life," meanwhile, seems to float by on a pleasant cloud of acoustic guitar until the lyrics sink in. And the woozy, spooky "Another Moment" is probably the best song the Cocteau Twins never wrote. Instruments such as mellotron and glockenspiel keep the oddball quotient high, but Beautysleep's real payoff is Donelly's angular songwriting. She seldom holds back the curtains to reveal sunshine, but she makes the most of the candlelight at hand. --Kim Hughes
I have been a massive fan of Belly since they were around... and I had Lovesongs album for a long time.. but hadnt heard these 3 later albums.... Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Kevin Crossen
This is a decent record, but if you're wishing for something equal to the brilliance of the two Belly albums, you're going to be a bit disappointed. Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Drischord
I really just wanted to write a review to help boost this album's rating.
With Beautysleep Tanya really started to mellow out, and that's a good thing. Read more
This is really formulaic and nice and she has done much much better stuff.Published on February 1, 2007 by Lovblad
As a Belly fan, I was initially dismayed at the direction Tanya Donelly was taking in her solo career. Read morePublished on September 14, 2005 by jon sieruga
Is this the best work of Tanya's career? Probably not. BUT WHEN YOU ARE IN THE MOOD FOR THIS CD, NOTHING ELSE WILL DO. Read morePublished on July 25, 2005 by Tigger64
I've always been a huge Belly fan, and well, Tanya is just the cutest. 'Lovesongs' was a great album. Read morePublished on July 23, 2004 by Pantone292
If this CD was put out by anyone else, I would have given it 4 stars.
But Tanya Donelly is MUCH better then this CD shows. Read more
I offer here the perspective of 40-something music fanatic who has almost no prior experience listening to Tanya Donnelly's previous bands. Read morePublished on March 28, 2003 by Mitch Bogen