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Album Review

A New York eccentric type, Sophie B. Hawkins began her music career studying ethnic percussion. She moved to jazz, then was a drummer in a punk band while sidelining as an actor and performance artist. Hawkins' debut disc Tongues and Tails is as eclectic as her career choices. The songs ranges from the hook-filled mainstream pop of "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" to an off-center rant about mothers in "Carry Me" that dissolves into feedback mayhem. Hawkins stitches together bits of jazz, folk, tribal, rock, and atmospheric new age noodling while efficiently camouflaging the seams. Somehow, it all works with repeated listens. The common thread is her distinctive, streetwise but unjaded voice.

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Words Can Not Describe...But I'll try.

I bought this as a teenager and loved it. It was a little strange. Very different. Raw. This was one of the first cassettes (yes cassette and I still have it) that I would listen to over and over again...every song. It is a great purchase for any music lover.

Tongues and Tails...I Want You

This song is about loss and gain...hypnotic...my favorite song of hers

Tongues and Tails

This album is so full of rich haunting music, her voice is so AMAZING !! she sings me to sleep on my ipod . THIS IS A MUST BUY

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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