Lovesongs for Underdogs

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Lovesongs for Underdogs
Tanya Donelly - Lovesongs for Underdogs.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 9, 1997 (1997-08-09)
GenreAlternative rock
LabelSire/Warner Bros. Records (USA only); 4AD (rest of the world)
ProducerTanya Donelly, Wally Gagel, Gary Smith
Tanya Donelly chronology
Lovesongs for Underdogs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

Lovesongs for Underdogs is the solo debut album by American singer Tanya Donelly, who had formerly recorded with Throwing Muses, The Breeders, and Belly. It was released on August 9, 1997. Two singles were released for promotion of the album. "Pretty Deep" was released in July 1997, while "The Bright Light" was released in October 1997. In the U.S both 4AD released singles were released in two parts, each including 2 newly released B-Sides. "Pretty Deep" featured "Spaghetti", "Morna", "These Days" and "Influenza". "The Bright Light" featured "Bury Me", "How Can You Sleep?", "Life On Sirius" and "Moon Over Boston". A music video for each single was produced and aired on Vh1 and MTV2. Both videos differed highly in creative and artistic direction from previous Belly videos and exclusively featured Tanya solo, in movie like settings. "Pretty Deep" and "The Bright Light" enjoyed heavy airplay on Triple A radio stations in the U.S Northeast. "Lovesongs For Underdogs" peaked at #36 on the Official UK Albums Chart for 2 weeks upon its release. The singles, "Pretty Deep" and "The Bright Light" peaked at #55 and #65 (the latter) for 2 weeks each upon their 2 CD Single releases.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Tanya Donelly except where noted.

  1. "Pretty Deep" – 4:22
  2. "The Bright Light" – 3:21
  3. "Landspeed Song" – 3:34
  4. "Mysteries of the Unexplained" – 4:52
  5. "Lantern" – 3:10
  6. "Acrobat" (Donelly, Dean Fisher) – 3:30
  7. "Breathe Around You" – 2:56
  8. "Bum" – 3:09
  9. "Clipped" – 4:01
  10. "Goat Girl" – 2:16
  11. "Manna" – 5:26
  12. "Swoon" – 4:27



  • Producers: Tanya Donelly, Wally Gagel, Gary Smith
  • Engineers: Matthew Ellard, Wally Gagel, Dan McLoughlin
  • Assistant engineers: Jesse Henderson, Suzanne Kapa, Kelly Wohlford
  • Mixing: Wally Gagel, Paul Q. Kolderie, Sean Slade
  • Mixing assistant: Dave Kirkpatrick
  • Mastering: Brian Lee
  • Drum Technician: Carl Plaster
  • Arrangers: Tanya Donelly, Wally Gagel
  • Design: Chris Bigg
  • Photography: Andrew Catlin


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1997 Heatseekers 20

The album was very popular in the Northeast, hitting Billboard's Northeast Heatseekers chart, and remaining for 4 weeks.


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Lovesongs for Underdogs at AllMusic