Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Sophie B Hawkins|
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
1. Right Beside You — 2. Did We Not Choose Each Other — 3. Don't Don't Tell Me No — 4. As I Lay Me Down — 5. Swing From Limb To Limb (My Home Is In Your Jungle) — 6. True Romance — 7. Let Me Love You Up — 8. The Ballad Of Sleepin... more »
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1. Right Beside You
2. Did We Not Choose Each Other
3. Don't Don't Tell Me No
4. As I Lay Me Down
5. Swing From Limb To Limb (My Home Is In Your Jungle)
6. True Romance
7. Let Me Love You Up
8. The Ballad Of Sleeping Beauty
9 . I Need Nothing Else
10. Sometimes I See
11. Mr. Tugboat Hello
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Laura-Alexis H. from MANTEO, NC
Reviewed on 5/20/2007...
Enjoyable female rock 'n roller!
Christina B. from WATERLOO, IA
Reviewed on 10/10/2006...
A good cd-
. . . like fine cognac in crystal.
Randolph Bradley | Los Angeles, CA United States | 12/07/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Elle chante tres belle! And her writing is superb. Sophie may bring to mind Madonnaesque writing and singing until the maturity and lusciousness of songs such as "Only Love (The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty)," "True Romance," and "As I Lay Me Down" establish art of breadth. Although the lyrics are slightly cryptic, anyone can relate to their plaintive declaration of classically romantic love. Whaler is the only Sophie album I've listened to; thus, there is no reference point to her other work. Nevertheless, I was skeptical in purchasing Whaler, having only heard the radio hit, "As I Lay Me Down." Oftentimes, radio hits are album highlights. On Whaler, "As I lay me Down" is the average. To me, "Only Love (The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty) and "True Romance" are better songs than "As I Lay Me Down." These songs are slow torch songs. "Right Beside You," (Song #1) is fast with a big synthesized sound; however, Sophie is best with slow torch songs.Incredibly, Sophie's musical breadth encompasses Broadway (e.g., Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber): Tunes such as "Mr. Tugboat Hello" and "Let Me Love You Up" juxtapose "As I Lay Me Down," proving Whaler the profound work that it is. Sophie says, "J `ai un regrette et mes chansons," meaning that she is left with regret and her songs. (I've never experienced such writing in a female singer before that takes sorrow in life and transforms it into joy.) Might we all be better for suffering?Whaler is a celebration of life for romantics that will overtake you with joy in a few listenings (or immediately). You have to take all of Whaler's parts as a whole, which flows like warm honey--the lyrics and melody from song #1 to song #11; this is very satisfying!My favorite song is "Only Love (The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty). The childish title does not detract from the beauty and seriousness of this song. She, like me, believes in the unreal. For example, Belle loved the Beast in spite of his ugly face, because he REALLY needed her, and his ugly face could not eclipse his true love for her.I look forward to more Sophie, who is a little Madonna, a little Natalie Merchant, a little Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a lot of Sophie B. Hawkins. . . ."
Heavy on Production
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 09/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm sure you've had the experience of finding an old tape or CD that you bought for one or two songs tucked away in a drawer somewhere. Unable to remember what song was the 'one' you pop it in the player and discover that the rest of the album was every bit as good. 'Whaler' seems to doomed to perpetual semi-obscurity, occasionally rediscovered, but most often forgotten. Which is a bit of a shame. There are more than a handful of excellent ballads here (Only Love - Did We Not Choose Each Other - As I Lay Me Down) and many others that are only slightly short of that level. Hawkins has an 'interesting' voice - whispery rather than whiskey, capable of sharpening to a pure tonal quality when needed. And the lyrics are far from simpleminded.Perhaps it is the overpowering production values used. She gets more backup and studio work than many stars, and this occasionally rings a trifle false. But, after all, it was as a pop singer that she was trying to make a breakthrough, and I can't really fault her for putting everything she had into the effort.I find that now, years after I bought it, the album repays listening with a sufficiently of performance. A bit more than easy listening and worth investigating."