Sophie B. Hawkins – Whaler

ARTIST: Sophie B. Hawkins  220px-Sophie_B._Hawkins_-_Whaler
TITLE: Whaler
YEAR RELEASED: 1994
CHART ACTION: #65
SINGLES: Right Beside You (#56), Don’t Don’t Tell Me No, As I Lay Me Down (#6), Did We Not Choose Each Other, Only Love (#49)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not
LINEUP: Sophie B. Hawkins, Neil Conti, Louis Jardim, Steve Lipson, Peter-John Vettese
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album from Hawkins goes for another hit, finally scores one, but sounds so so dated, almost like an 80’s album.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The follow up. It’s even harder when you only had one song hit on your debut record. Sophie B. Hawkins faced this dilemma in recording her second album.

For the most part, it sounds like an 80’s relic. Keyboards galore, electronic sounding everything. Hawkins’ voice can be beguiling, but in my ears the material is a bit off and not helped by the dated production. The first single, “Right Beside You” rather much stiffed, for good reason.

She’s still out there – slugging away. I’m just not on the Sophie B. train. I can’t find any compelling reason to listen to the rest of her albums.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: It took almost a year for “As I Lay Me Down” to hit the Top 10. It was also featured in the movie Now and Then.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: C: There are some decent songs here, waiting to come out wherever they are. The production just kills them for me. EXILED.

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