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A Belly Full: Tanya Donelly's Favourite Albums
Emily Mackay , May 2nd, 2018 08:12

As Belly release their first album in over two decades, Tanya Donelly guides Emily Mackay through 13 favourite albums, from Leonard Cohen to The Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush to Iggy Pop, The Bunnymen, Mary Margaret O'Hara and more


Lisa Hannigan – Passenger
I first heard 'Little Bird' on a local college radio station, and I looked her up the second I got home, and from that point I became a comprehensive Hannigan listener. The songs on this album are just beautiful, and the sound of her voice, just... I can't get enough of it. My youngest daughter was probably about four or five when this came out, and I would sing 'Little Bird' to her, and I would sing 'O Sleep' to her. Which is an apt lullaby. I've never seen her live, I'm sorry to say, but my daughters and I fell down a Hannigan YouTube hole one day, just hours of watching her. The words in 'Little Bird' are some of the most beautiful lyrics I've ever heard; just gorgeous, and smart. It's kind of a rare situation where if you bought this as a book of poetry it would be just as moving, and the fact that she has this lush gorgeous voice that she wraps around these words is just kind of bonus.