Album Review: Bedtime Story by Kelley Dolan

Album Name: Bedtime Story
Artist: Kelley Dolan
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

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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

Track Listing
1. Sunday Dresses
2. Hat Song
3. Deliver Me
4. Offering
5. Angel
6. Windshield
7. Spring Cleaning
8. Heading Home
9. Bedtime Story
10. Demon Sleep
11. Lauren

[Kelley Dolan Official Site]


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