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Album Review

Sophie B. Hawkins' second album was a commercial disaster when it was released late in the summer of 1994. A year later, she had a Top Ten single with "As I Lay Me Down." That slow climb to the top is a fairly good indication of both the pleasures and flaws of Whaler. More subdued than Tongues and Tails, the songs on Whaler have subtler melodies and arrangements which take a while to sink in. Although the album isn't quite as energetic as Tongues and Tails, Whaler is a more consistent record, with a number of engaging songs.

Customer Reviews

totally forogot about this album....

...i used to have this tape way back when it first came out .....though i really don't like the big hit "as i lay me...", this is an amazing album. i can remember listening to it as a pubescent little gay boy in the burbs and the puzzled look my parents would give me when they heard it blaring from my room. Rediscovering it nearly a decade and a half later, i'm just as impressed now. as soon as im done enjoying this one front to back on my day off, i'm definitely gonna check out her more recent efforts. this girl is great, hope she never stops despite levels of mainstream popularity.

Sensuous, Flowing, Timeless Music

Sophie does not let down with Whaler. With a cult following (which should be much larger) she sings from the depths of her soul. The thing is people, Sophie has real talent, truly beautiful vocals and instrumental knowledge. I am a fan of today's pop music; but there are few that can do what Sophie does. Her songs can reach any gender, any age, any person. My sister introduced me years ago and I have rediscovered music that is fresh sounding as if it were just recorded. Give it a listen and Sophie will be a fave on your Ipod.

Sophmore achievement

This album I liked better than her first. Right Beside you, Don't tell me no, As I lay me Down, Did we not choose each other are the best, but all are really very good.

Biography

Born: November 1, 1967 in Manhattan, New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A proudly idiosyncratic singer and songwriter who embraces an eclectic range of musical influences and isn't afraid to be nakedly confessional in her music, Sophie B. Hawkins enjoyed unexpected commercial success with her debut album, but since then has opted to follow her muse rather than a major label's marketing department. Sophie Ballantine Hawkins was born in New York City on November 1, 1967. Hawkins grew up in a family that valued art and creativity but was troubled by alcoholism, and as a...
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