ARTIST: Sophie B. Hawkins
TITLE: Tongues and Tails
YEAR RELEASED: 1992
CHART ACTION: #51 US, #1 US Heatseekers, #46 UK
SINGLES: Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover (#5 US, #14 UK), California Here I Come (#53 UK), Mysteries We Understand, I Want You (#49 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nope. Radio didn’t stay on this record.
LINEUP: Sophie B. Hawkins and a lot of studio hands.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One single and 10 other songs? Kinda. While it’s got some interesting angles and arrangements, none of the other tracks really catch fire.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sophie B. Hawkins’ debut has some interesting production, and the songs aren’t all moon/june/spoon. The hit record has a sound that wasn’t much on the radio in 1992, either. Yet, the other 10 songs are cut from the same cloth without the hooks or the memorable chorus.
Keyboard washes, fretless bass runs, sultry vocals – they’re all there on practically every song. It’s not BAD, but the hit is really all you need.
Part of me wishes that she’d really just go total jazz vocal style on this album – she could definitely pull that off. These songs just lay there in all of their pretty packing.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “I Want You” is the Dylan song. She covered it in a similar arrangement to the other songs on the record.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C+: If you must, it’s good chill out kind of music, but there’s nothing remarkable but the hit. Damn.