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Album Review

Tanya Donelly's artistic sensibilities were at the very core of Belly, which is why it was a bit of a surprise when she suddenly disbanded the group after its second album flopped. Upon listening to her 1997 debut, Lovesongs for Underdogs, it becomes clear that Belly wasn't suited for these songs. Lovesongs for Underdogs is a pretty, pleasant collection of pop-folk songs; Belly would have overwhelmed these songs, delivering them with too much backbeat. Instead of giving these simple songs clean, clear arrangements, though, Donelly polished everything on the album to a shine, and in the process, she sapped the soul of much of the record. Everything on Lovesongs for Underdogs tends to blend together, and while there are some nice moments scattered throughout the record, nothing makes itself known. As a solo debut, it's a little tentative, but there are enough good points to suggest that Donelly's second solo album will be a winner.

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So underrated...

...even by me. I bought this when it first came out and loved moments, but it seemed lightweight in general. But, something keeps pulling me back. It seems that every few years I pull it out and each time, I like it more that the last time. Now, it seems like a classic. Every song fully realized, ahead of its time. Joyous, feverish, silly, divine.


Born: July 14, 1966 in Newport, RI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A founding member of three of the most successful bands of the post-punk era, singer/songwriter Tanya Donelly was born July 14, 1966, in Newport, Rhode Island. At the age of 16, she and stepsister Kristin Hersh formed Throwing Muses, which in 1985 became the first American band ever signed to the influential British label 4AD; not only did the Muses' dreamy, swirling guitar sound prove highly influential on many of the alternative acts to emerge in their wake, but they also made any number of unprecedented...
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