Album Reviews: Whiskey Tango Ghosts by Tanya DonellyTanya Donelly is probably incapable of making a bad or uninteresting album. But "not bad" and "interesting" is about all you can say of her latest effort, Whiskey Tango Ghosts. I understand that at 38 years old, a happy wife and mom, she doesn’t want to sound like Throwing Muses, The Breeders or even Belly. But in her new singer/songwriter guise, dishing out melancholy, lyric-driven ballads in the style of fellow indie rock refugee Aimee Mann, her songs aren’t strong enough to convince us that she should have given up the electric guitars.
Donelly is one of the great voices of indie rock -- distinct to a fault. But her voice often overshadows anything interesting she might be attempting musically. On Whiskey Tango Ghosts, you could swap her vocals from track to track without noticing the difference. Everything blends together into one long, albeit decent, ballad. - Doug Kamin