Whaler is Sophie B. Hawkins' second studio album that was released on October 18, 1994 by Columbia Records.


  1. Right Beside You 4:47
  2. Did We Not Choose Each Other 4:26
  3. Don't Don't Tell Me No 4:54
  4. As I Lay Me Down 4:09
  5. Swing From Limb To Limb (My Home Is In Your Jungle) 4:16
  6. True Romance 2:24
  7. Let Me Love You Up 3:27
  8. Only Love (The Ballad Of Sleeping Beauty) 5:06
  9. I Need Nothing Else 4:18
  10. Sometimes I See 4:41
  11. Mr. Tugboat Hello 5:31

Chart Performance[]

"Whaler" peaked at #65 on the Billboard 200.

Critical Reception[]

Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that the album is "more subdued than Tongues and Tails, the songs on Whaler have subtler melodies and arrangements which take a while to sink in. Although the album isn't quite as energetic as Tongues and Tails, Whaler is a more consistent record, with a number of engaging songs."

Entertainment Weekly gave the album a "B"-plus, saying: "Unlike other current practitioners of over-the-top pop, such as Toni Childs and Tori Amos, Sophie B. Hawkins values rhythmic grooves that lend some discipline to fervid emotionalism. The result is Whaler, music at once extravagantly excessive and irresistibly catchy."

Paul Evans of Rolling Stone gave "Whaler" a two-star rating, writing that it "hardly confirms such groundless hopes; nifty but slight, it presents Hawkins as a Stevie Nicks for the '90s (minus Stevie's trippy mysticism but minus also her distinctive singing)."