254. Tanya Donelly – “Lovesongs for Underdogs”

I return to the world of female vocals, this time on the solo debut of one-time Throwing Muse, Breeder and Belly-er, Tanya Donelly.

album cover lovesongs for underdogs Tanya Donelly Donnely Throwing Muses BellyDonelly has one of those voices anyone with a familiar with US (and indeed British) indie pop of the late 80s and early 90s will recognise.  She was the one who wrote the more mainstream material for the Muses, and delivered the big hits for grrl supergroup Belly.

After many years with said outfits, she finally popped this little CD out.

It is a curious beast – much less rocky than her band work, more polished, and more folk-poppy (although there are moments were she kicks out a bit such as Landspeed Song and the opening track Pretty Deep is a gem of mid-1990s powerpop).

There is a slight same-same thread running through many of the songs, such that they meld into each other a little, but the quality is sufficiently high to keep me engaged.

She lacks the overt angst of Juliana Hatfield, the battiness of the Deal sisters, or the boundary-pushing of Liz Phair.  The niche she has built is one I enjoy, however.

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