Album Name: Bedtime Story
Artist: Kelley Dolan
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent
Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
Kelley Dolan has made an unusual-sounding record. It mixes electronic sound live instruments and Dolan’s amazing vocal.
The techno-ish opener “Sunday Dresses” is what you get if you let a drunk Aphex Twin remix Björk.
“Hat Song” rests on Dolan’s very Tori Amos-like vocal and adds tasteful strings.
In “Deliver Me” the protagonist looks for salvation at a Chinese take-out. The song sounds like a pop song arranged for a classical orchestra.
“Windshield” is a delicate yet suspenseful song. Its angelic choral arrangements and the creepy undertones mesh well.
“Heading Home” starts like a song by electronica-era Everything but the Girl but is less polite. Dolan’s voice seems utterly at home in the wide-screen arrangement. The song glides from toy electronica to quasi-classical in a heartbeat.
The title song tells a disturbing tale. It’s not one to tell impressionable kids, that’s for sure.
Kelley Dolan has a refreshing approach to music and composition that allows her to side-step convention and some up with some fresh new sounds. That makes “Bedtime Story” a real masterpiece.
Posted on June 19, 2003
1. Sunday Dresses
2. Hat Song
3. Deliver Me
7. Spring Cleaning
8. Heading Home
9. Bedtime Story
10. Demon Sleep