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Stars Align
by Belly
Tanya Donelly--late of Throwing Muses and The Breeders--in the late Aughts went from hinting she'd stop making records altogether, to conceding but releasing new solo material in download-only EP-sized chunks, to begrudgingly releasing those chunks as a triple album called the Swan Song Series (the title another nod to leaving the business) to reuniting her most successful enterprise, Belly. With no new material to promote, the 2016 Belly tour felt like another entry in the sweepstakes of alternative reunions; however, the tour was pleasing enough to her and the group that a new album, Dove, was recorded through the help of crowdsourcing. I admired Donelly's solo work, as well as her various band projects, but Belly never resonated deeply with me. At the reunion gig I attended I was annoyed by bassist Gail Greenwood's arena-rock stage antics and the sycophantic men in the crowd, and I uncharacteristically left the concert early. I wasn't even sure I wanted to hear the new Belly album--their first in 23 years--but fueled by my recent enjoyment of that Swan Song Series anthology I gave it a chance. What I didn't expect is for it to be one of the strongest new releases I've heard in 2018, as well as a favorite. I wanted to bring you a different track, but most of the album's YouTube clips are blocked in half the world. "Stars Align" is no slouch.
2018 - Self-released
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