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Whisky Tango Ghosts

Lead Performer: Tanya Donelly; Producer (group): 4AD, Beggars Group

Tanya Donelly, once the flamethrower behind the alt-rock bands Throwing Muses and Belly, has grown older and learned the benefits of restraint. Where she once declaimed atop a fortification of amplified buzz, Donelly is now content to strum an acoustic guitar and work through relationship issues in a weary but never harried soprano. The low-key context of Whisky Tango Ghosts suits her well: On songs like ”Every Devil” and ”Butterfly Thing,” she reveals herself to be a more self-assured singer than even her most ardent fans could have guessed.

Originally posted August 6 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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