The golden period for the reformation of '90s bands continues apace with news of the first Belly album in 20 years. Tanya Donnelly's post Throwing Muses/the Breeders outfit have reformed with all the original members for a ten track album that adds to their catalogue of pleasant alternative rock.
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I don't know about you but I simply don't want to think about the '90s. Amidst the odd slither of greatness it was mostly musically redundant. Belly were a classic case in point - someone emerging out of a better band to do something less interesting but seemingly with more success (see also Sugar). The opening 'Shiny One' is as '90s as CD singles, as 90's as quirky videos, as 90's as the hair from the guy from Crash Test Dummies.
It's highly polished, American-ized indie for people who find that they can't say the words Toad the Wet Sprocket to the record vendor. Each track is a bit of the '90s redone. 'Mine' has the singalong 'ooh oooh' bit - perfect for those radio pluggers, 'Human Child' is the haunting the Cranberries ish one, 'Faceless' is the droney wigged out one that has hints of Throwing Muses in the vocals and finally, finally 'Girl' is where you see the real Tanya Donnelly emerge out of the sludge. Stripping away the noise an effects her voice is left with clarity and things stop sounding like the '90s for a second and it seems it's the point that Donnelly stops trying to have a hit and let here weirdness show and so tracks like 'Stars Align' are much better with melodies that you aren't exactly sure where are headed. This is the Belly I expected and, yes, it's here but you have to get through to the second half of the record to find the inspiration.
Still, the result is like those times when your favourite band made a big shiny major label record. The album seems to have been made with college rock hits in mind. It's not badd but just a bit too conventional but maybe Belly were always a bit too conventional.
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