by Tanya Donelly
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It's been more than five years since Tanya Donelly released a full-length album -- a period that saw the former Belly leader experience the joy of motherhood and the sadness of losing a dear friend to disease. Both emotional extremes are captured in this somewhat subdued but ultimately cathartic set, on which Donelly segues easily from twentysomething angst to a more mature vision of the world. On the slinky "I'm Keeping You," she asserts herself strongly in the realm of romantic love, while "Mama" finds her in a more pensive mode, waxing winsome on her new role in life. As ever, Donelly is prone to dark sonic outbursts -- captured stunningly on "Moonbeam Monkey," which features the guest vocals of Morphine's late frontman Mark Sandman -- and universal-sounding takes on interpersonal relations, such as the openhearted "The Night You Saved My Life." Consider Beautysleep to be proof that maturity need not equal boredom.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 0652637220124
catalogNumber: 72201
Rank: 217145

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tanya Donelly   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Wind,E-bow
Rich Gilbert   Organ,Guitar,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Slide Guitar
Mark Sandman   Vocals
David Narcizo   Drums,Tambourine
Dean Fisher   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Triangle,Moog Synthesizer,Shaker
Chris Toppin   Vocals
Hilken Mancini   Vocals
Gracie Bee   Glockenspiel
Poppy Ellard   Vocals
Elizabeth Steen   Accordion

Technical Credits

Tanya Donelly   Producer
Dean Fisher   Producer
Chris Bigg   Illustrations
Matthew Ellard   Producer,Engineer
Chris Toppin   Vocal Arrangements
Brian Brown   Engineer

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Beautysleep 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tanya Donelly has been an important part of music, fronting influential bands, and setting up the scene. And now she's back with her new disc ''Beauty Sleep.'' With a track list of soul embracing songs, she reminds the listener to why they enjoy music with depth and meaning. Beauty Sleep is a rare gem, and among its facets are sparkles like ''Keeping You,'' ''Life is But a Dream,'' and ''Another Moment.'' If you're ready to take a chance on winner, place your bets on Tanya Donelly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album, although very different and less pop in sound than her last solo effort, is a beautiful album brimming with emotion. They lyrics are stuck in my head and haunt me constantly. Several of the songs seem to focus on her daughter and are so touching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was well worth the wait. It's been 5 years since her last release! There are 11 tracks in total on Tanya's latest album, ''beautysleep.'' Among them, my favorites are ''Life Is But A Dream,'' ''The Night You Saved My Life,'' ''Moonbeam Monkey,'' and ''Wrap-Around Skirt.'' If you're a fan of Tanya's other works, you won't be disappointed. If you're not already a fan, then this may help you to become one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tanya's music is beautiful and meaningful. She writes lyrics that can touch your soul and make you feel alive. Highlights on Beautysleep are ''Another Moment'' and ''The Night You Saved My Life''. Buy this CD! You owe it to yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With her first release in nearly 5 years, Tanya has once again out done herself with this beautiful collection of songs. Each song flows so nicely into the next. It has a concept album feel to it. She has strayed from her days of pop with this one. The best way to describe it is mellow and dreamy. I highly recommend it. BUY THIS ALBUM, this is her best work yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tanay once again delivers a solid piece of music.Her style continues to grow and listeners of her previous work will fall instantly in love with this albulm.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great's especially cool to listen to when you're having a really bum day because it has a very calm and relaxing kind of tone. my favorite song is ''i'm keeping you.'' i definately recommand to get this cd as soon as you can!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i picked this album up the day it came out -- a rarity for me these days -- but man, am i glad i did... i loved half of it the first listen through, by the third time, the whole thing grabbed me and hasn't let go since...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautysleep is remarkable in its variety - it swings from moody Twin-Peaks-like dreaminess in ''Life is but a Dream'' to the playful musings of ''Moonbeam Monkey'' to the straight-ahead smart pop of ''The Night You Saved My Life'' and ''The Storm''. If you the Tanya Donelly of Belly and Throwing Muses days, give Beautysleep a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Beautysleep' comes almost 5 years since Tanya's last record, 'Lovesongs for Underdogs', and it's well worth the wait. She's quietened down, but for the better, as this set of dreamy tracks work superbly to highlight her beautiful and unique voice. 'The Storm' and 'The Night You Saved My Life' show her well-renowned pop instinct shining through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a Tanya Donelly fan for a long time, but nothing could have prepared me for the way this album moves me. Her singing on this album is impeccable, and her songwriting skills have never been stronger. Although she's proven to us time and again that she can rock hard, she seems more suited to the intimacy of an acoustic guitar and sharing her lovely voice with the listener.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago