Tanya Donelly

Tanya Donelly's done time as a Throwing Muse and a Breeder, and as the front woman of her successful alt-pop power trio Belly; basically, if you need someone to score the introspective documentary you're making about growing up as an intelligent young woman in a world not made for them, she's your lady. On Whiskey Tango Ghosts, the third album she's released under her own name, Donelly eases up on the amplifier fuzz and locked-bathroom wailing and instead concentrates on finding a place next to the intelligent middle-aged women who've evidently inspired her: Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Judy Collins. Nearly every song here is built from a small palette of instrumental colors--acoustic guitar, restrained piano, the occasional brushed snare drum, some sweet lap steel--which means the tunes have to do the heavy lifting. A few do: "Just in Case You Quit Me" oozes heartfelt nostalgia, and the eerie "Butterfly Thing" deftly personalizes that cliché about the ripple effect of a butterfly flapping its wings. But Whiskey fades into overpolite coffeehouse nothingness too often for its own good. Listen too closely and you'll wonder if anything's really there.

Upcoming Events

Sponsor Content


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >