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House Tornado

Throwing MusesAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B000002LDZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest incarnation of their finest album. October 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I heard "Juno" from this album when I was in 10th grade, and it totally changed the direction of my musical taste. I think I can safely say that "House Tornado" was the pinnacle of Throwing Muses' achievement, and proof that not everything that was recorded in the 80's sounds like the 80's. Superb lyrics and richly textured, quirky, complex music come together in a way here in a way that isn't heard on any of their later releases. The import version is WELL WORTH the extra $$$. The packaging is fantastic (bears no resemblance to the thumbnail photo here on Amazon, which is the US-only version), and it includes the very out-of-print "Fat Skier" EP, which is a must for any Throwing Muses fan.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive and beautiful August 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought the Ep cassette of "The Fat Skier" based on an interview in some low-rent alternative rock rag of the day. I remember reading how they would mock the then popular song of the day (won't name names) and think "These girls have something going on ..." When I bought the Ep I was really intrigued by the difficult nature of the music. Its complex and really simple at the same time, which while it might not impact you immediately, has a tendency to grow on you. So much so that I played that thing over and over and over ...

When House Tornado was released, I must have gotten it the first week of its release. No one I knew had a clue who this band were, but this album has remained one of my favorites for years and years. Kristin Hersh's lyrics are so impossible to understand, like some synaesthesias (A condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color.) nightmare vision of the tedium of daily life. Words and phrases that seem just thrown together that create an image in your mind. Add to that mixture Tonya Donnely's cute oddities, the feminine power of the band is undeniable. Until this time, I had wondered (in my post-feminist way) why there weren't any good girl rockers. The Throwing Muses are an example to them all. A real artist's approach to music.

Even today ... as I'm writing this in 2005 ... I am playing "House Tornado" continuously in my car. Normally I'll move on after an album ends, but this is one of those records that just demands continuous play. Almost as if it has no end or beginning and no matter how hard you try, you can never get to the bottom of the music to find a place where you can sum it up and put it away.

These two records will always be favorites of mine.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 2-in-1 rockin' good time. October 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I would highly suggest picking up the import version of "House Tornado" so you won't miss out on its sidekick "the Fat Skier". Some of the best songs ever penned by Kristin Hersh appear on these two wonderful releases. Hersh writes the coolest, craziest lyrics and the music that accompanies them is amazing. It's not all poppy-sounding like their more recent stuff which is why I love it so much. There are so many energetic emotional songs on this disc. Oh I love it.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Muses at their peak September 11, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I need to start this quote with another amazon user's take on this disc:
"But seriously, HOUSE TORNADO is just a rehash of the Muses' first album. The same eccentic vocals, wailing guitars, and odd time signatures are here. However, HOUSE TORNADO is of significantly lower quality than the first album. David Narcizo's drumming is often astoundingly great, but the songs are not written to emphasize it and it disappears quite a bit in the poor production."
Because you can take most of what he said, invert it, and you'd be correct. First, House Tornado is quite different from anything that preceded or came after it. It's really a dressed up acoustic album. An album of quiet songs that are played hard and passionately. The production on the record is beautiful. It was done with Paul Kolderie of Dinosaour Jr, Buffalo Tom, Hole, etc. fame. I particularly enjoy the emphasis on the acoustic guitar which was pretty rare for this era. You can actually hear the Muses guitar strings as they strum and change chords.
The real reason to get the import version of this is "The Fat Skier." It's just about impossible to find, and it's just as essential of a part of the Throwing muses catalog as any of their best music.
As for the comment that Kristin Hersh has "eccentric vocals" on this record....well, that's about as telling as commenting to someone that "its so boring that Jimi Hendrix played his guitar with so much distortion."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skewed Brilliance January 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Seek out the 4AD import of this CD, it's got the brilliant "The Fat Skier" EP tagged onto the end (which, typically, Sire let go out of print a decade ago) and much more appropriate art. Anyway, a more tightly controlled follow-up to their debut -- some songs (esp. the opening track) benefit from this control, while others suffer from, making me wish Ryko or somebody would put out a live CD, because live I remember they used to do these songs with an unforgettable, whirling, jet-and-estrogen-fueled abandon. Buy or die.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Muses albums October 21, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I don't know what's behind those critics reamarks above, but this is certainly a fantastic release by the Muses. Yes, it is a departure from conventional rythyms and spends a fair amount of time outside the norm, but the uses of countermelody and signature changes makes this album all the more brilliant. I think the band took some chances with this sound and, by and large, they succeeded. But don't let these comments fool you; despite its quirckiness, this album has many catchy moments and is immensely likeable. 6 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Perhaps a little pretentious at times (the piano/vocal intro to Walking in the Dark for instance), I love this album. Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by ludd_gang
5.0 out of 5 stars A sterling follow-up to a great debut
On their first album, Throwing Muses showed themselves a unique band that, though often associated with the hardcore punk scene, were exactly the opposite of it in terms of the... Read more
Published on February 13, 2010 by mianfei
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find
It's always great when you can find "new" material from a band that doesn't exist anymore. Even though I already have "House Tornado," I didn't hesitate to buy this CD for "The... Read more
Published on July 24, 2006 by Thomas Lhamon
4.0 out of 5 stars Something worth noting.
I bought The Fat Skier EP on vinyl back in the mid 80's & liked & listened to it alot. I'd still be playing that vinyl, but my cartridge is shot. Read more
Published on February 20, 2006 by c0aX
3.0 out of 5 stars Aproach with caution
There was always always a beautiful antiphasis that made both Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly such exciting artists to follow : Back in her Belly days , Donelly was one of the... Read more
Published on December 16, 2004 by giovanni
1.0 out of 5 stars The Muses second album offers neither change nor quality
Throwing Muses' second album HOUSE might remember it from the first time it came out, when it was eponymously titled THROWING MUSES. Read more
Published on February 9, 2002 by Christopher Culver
4.0 out of 5 stars TRES AMBITIEUX
I think this record is worth is solely basic on "Mexican Women". I love that song. I cannot say this record is perfect... Read more
Published on October 6, 2000 by EriKa
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd, ambitious, and wholly listenable
Critics are an exasperating lot. They pine all day about the lack of originality in music, but blanch when confronted with something truly unique that falls outside the safe harbor... Read more
Published on July 7, 2000 by James Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Throwing Muses were AMAZING...
i remember buying this album (it was the import version) in 9th grade, which would be 1988 for me. it is still one of my favorite albums. Read more
Published on May 19, 2000 by Eric Swanger
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