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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B00005UCZP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Album Description

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

Customer Reviews

I really like the songs produced in this album.
Beautysleep is quite possibly the finest effort from a longtime source of fine work.
S Cook
Powerful songwriting combined with a sweet voice results in enchanting music.
Amanda L. Ellsworth

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By whminor on February 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Tanya Donelly's latest effort is a moody triumph. After taking a break following her solo debut - 1997's underrated Lovesongs for Underdogs - Donelly returns after the birth of her first child with an introspective album that combines sharp, insightful lyrics and some of her best singing ever. And fans of Tanya from her Belly and Throwing Muses days needn't worry - she still rocks (just a bit quieter these days, like many of us). Come the end of the year, this will be on numerous top ten lists - but don't wait until then to pick up a copy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on March 3, 2002
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Tanya Donelly writes terrific songs. Always underrated, whether as second fiddle in Throwing Muses or in her own band Belly, Donelly is a quirky but poetic lyricist, and her melodic sense is infallible, melding Beatlesque tunes with a touch of Goth, country, and college rock.
Beautysleep is not Donelly's strongest work, but it remains intriguing. As its title implies, this is Donelly's most mellow album yet, but she retains her trademark playfulness and colourful lyrics, and her instrumentation remains quite innovative. In fact, at times, Donelly exhibits a new and not-so-welcome tendency to overuse non-musical effects. But the songs are so well written and so assured that they are still highly enjoyable.
The one weakness of current Donelly material is her singing, and it's what caused her work to become so overlooked ever since Belly's Star album in 1993. On Star, Donelly relied mostly on a strong, even midrange that got across the strength and resilience of her songwriting remarkably well, and provided counterpoint to her quirky songwriting. Starting with Belly's sophomore album King, Donelly has increasingly lapsed into an overly girlish, sugary chirp that really pushed the sweetness factor of her music into overdrive. On Beautysleep, it's often grating to watch her go into the "baby's coo" mode of singing. It's a weakness I hope to see her address, because her music deserves better. A rediscovery of her rockier edge would also be nice. For now, though, it's still great to see Donelly working.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By giovanni on November 15, 2003
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Fifteen years after the first Throwing Muses offering and ten after the unexpected success of the spooky fairytales of Star , Tanya Donelly finds herself in the awkard place of not having much of an audience to adress to . Even so , she seems to be happier than ever . " Thank you thank you my darling girl and her dad my true blue dream of sky " she declares on the sleeve of her latest offering . She's the mother of a little girl and wife to bassist Dean Fisher now . She doesn't seem to care at all about topping the charts or getting covers to flashy music magazines. Maybe that's why Beautysleep is her most haunting , magical album yet .
There are so many discreet details about this album's songs which makes them so special and exciting to listen to : child-voices on " Life Is But A Dream " , a choir piece at the end of " The Wave " , tender melancholy wordplay on " So Much Song " . Donelly has a sensitive soul with a rich darkside and even though " The Night You Saved My Life " is a perfect indie-pop track which could have easily put her back on the radio top ten , it's when she sings those mystical lullabies when she's most affecting like " Moonbean Monkey " and the ethereal " Another Moment " , a melody about finding self-confidence .
We fans will scream that this is her best work yet and one of the best records of the last few years by a female artist and it's been eventually ignored but there's a line on " I'm Keeping You " which seems to perfectly describe what Donelly thinks about her sudden stardom followed by media indifference "...there's something that you learn on a tight-rope / just outside the spotlight there's a big net waiting for " . The girl who once gave us " Honeychain " is now a woman and thanks God , she hasn't stopped writing music .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2002
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Tanya Donelly is back and in full form! In some of her best work to date, Tanya beautifully combines her signature voice with her all star band to produce an elegant sounding album that she should be incredibly proud of.
The opening song, Life is But a Dream, is a spooky song that proves that Tanya's sense of the surreal has not vanished. The next three tracks, The Storm, the Night You Saved My Life, and Keeping You flow from song to song and showcase Tanya's songwriting ability. Moonbeam Monkey is another hauntingly "pretty" song...is that Tanya's voice or a pan flute? Wow. Wrap Around Skirt, my current favorite track, shows that Tanya can still rock out! Another Moment is just gorgeous and I currently can't get Darkside out of my head. The last three songs, So Much Song, The Wave and The Shadow so not disappoint and there is a secret track at the end that could arguably be the best song on the album!
I highly recommend Tanya's newest album, a beautiful treat for the ears!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wally Y. on April 9, 2002
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Tanya Donelly is a gem of an artist. This is a fact. She has been a founder of such great bands as Throwing Muses, The Breeders, and Belly. Her second solo album finds her taking a more subtle, dream-like route and this "Beautysleep" is one you'll never wish to wake from.
What I find most improved in the 4 1/2 year hiatus since her previous CD is the VOICE. On "Beautysleep" Tanya shows she has a gift as a vocalist and uses her voice to its utmost potential. "The Storm" is the most obvious example, where Tanya reaches notes I never thought possible. But she can also go deeper to find beauty such as on "Darkside" or "The Shadow". Quite the range and gorgeous.
This CD is so complete, it's hard for me to rank the songs. I will say I don't especially care for "Moonbeam Monkey", but the other 11 songs are superb. "So Much Song" is a piece of sheer subtle magic. "Another Moment" is so uplifting and haunting. "Keeping You" embodies such pure JOY and just makes me smile to sing along to it. "The Night You Saved My Life" is just plain catchy, yet significant. And "Wrap-Around Skirt" rocks the hardest but is still interesting in all departments.
Overall, you can't miss this CD. To quote Tanya's stepsister Kristin Hersh: "There's magic here, and magic's weird.." Don't pass on this gorgeous effort from the divine Tanya D.
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