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After founding her influential art-punk band Throwing Muses, at age 14, Kristin Hersh went on to spend the next 25 years confounding expectations and breaking rules - both her own and others’. From life as the reluctant front person for the Muses, to the solo career she swore never would happen, through the founding of an ambitious and altruistic ... Read more in Amazon's Kristin Hersh Store

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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B000056BKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Your Dirty Answer
2. Spain
3. 37 Hours Silica
4. Williams Cut
5. Summer Salt
6. Trouble
7. Candyland
8. Measure
9. White Suckers
10. Ruby
11. Flipside
12. Listerine

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Hersh,Kristin ~ Sunny Border Blue

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Kristin Hersh's Sunny Border Blue exists in a snowed-in, two-room cabin, and she's stuck feeding the potbellied stove, hoping the chimney doesn't back up, braced always against the other. That other sometimes forms a lover, sometimes a friend, or a child, a confidante, or a betrayer--the figure's face shifts even as the singer flips from seeping anxious jealousy ("Spain") to railing ("37 Hours"). Hersh plays all instruments except on "Trouble," a Cat Stevens cover that fits the smooth sonic landscape but stands out from her own songs in sticking to one emotional sensibility. Short on the noise and vocal histrionics of her earlier work, Sunny Border Blue bends the ear and, by extension, the listener's nervous system. --Andrew Hamlin

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Her lyrics can make you ache.
malicia
In fact I can't stop listening to "Listerine"--I hit the repeat button on my CD player when it comes on so I can listen to an endless loop of it.
writegrrrl
This album will change your life.
jared christie

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wahl on March 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
What could I possibly say to get you to see that you simply can't live as well without this album? When I first heard this CD in its entirety I was literally stunned, and I think this is (so far) Kristin Hersh's masterpiece, which is saying a lot for someone so consitently wonderful and lyrically singular. The chap who declared this disc not as "immediately catchy" as Sky Motel, well, I don't quite get that. Sky Motel, I thought, was a bit noisy and unmemorable, while Sunny Border Blue doesn't lack a single memorable song. In fact, "Candyland," "Your Dirty Answer," "37 Hours," "William's Cut," and "Spain" are simply among the best songs I think I've ever heard, and they stay in my head for days. Sunny Border Blue occupies a space between the generally softer tones of Strange Angels and the noisy fuzz of Sky Motel, leaning more closely to the tone of Strange Angels (but, ahem, perhaps more immediately catchy). Take Strange Angels' most memorable songs and they hold hands--gripping fists--perfectly with the tracks on Sunny Border Blue. From "Candyland": "Don't wait for pain/ to find out you exist/ Don't look for shame/ You're better off without it/ Life is unkind/ This isn't candyland . . . He gave me a reason to live it." A fantastic album from one of our coolest, too-much-under-the-radar singer/songwriter/joygivers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Anderson on January 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums that you really have to sit with for a while and let sink in before you really "get it." You may like it right away and come to appreciate it deeper as time passes or you may be like myself and think it's boring and meandering when you first hear it. But, taking in the rest of her recordings (both with Throwing Muses and on her own) really puts this album in its place: among her best work. The songs are completely realized and some of the most well thought out pieces she's ever done. The real impressive part is that, in Stevie Wonder style, she played about 98% of the instruments on the album herself. So, it feels like the work of single person as opposed to sounding like a person singing their lyrics over musicians. Very cohesive, layered, and all around a very rewarding album. Possibly my favorite record of any Throwing Muses or Kristin solos.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jared christie on March 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Kristen Hersh has been one of the most consistent, underrated and wonderful artists of all time. This is not an overstatement. One listen to her haunting music and mind-altering lyrics are enough to change lives. I believe music like this will change the world. Kristen's last album, "Sky Motel," was the kind of record you loved/feared because it was like nothing else in the universe. "Sky Motel" was absolutly flawless, one assumed it could not be surpassed. "Sunny Border Blue" takes flight like a glittering butterfly and proves to be an incomprable work of pure art. This album will make you love her. This album will make you cry. This album will change your life. Kristen lives in a world all her own, but she is unable to change her the basic human emotions that govern all. I hope the sun always finds you Kristen, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cam h. on April 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is probably essential Kristin Hersh. It's not as dark or meditative as Hips and Makers or Strange Angels (two of my favourite solos), but its not as energetic as Sky Motel. The familiar and characteristic hallmarks of Hersh are here: jangly acoustic guitars, electric guitars churning or swooning behind them, touches of piano and acoustic guitar arpeggios, with drums as a prominent and guiding presence in the songs. On first listen I thought, "Wow that Dave Narcizo is sure brilliant--she is lucky to have him," only to read that with one exception, that is Hersh on drums! I don't know whether my mistake is a testament to how mightily Hersh's percussive forays are inspired by Narcizo, or how keyed into Hersh's musical sensibilities Dave Narcizo is. Either way, it's good news. Maybe my newfound attention to Hersh the percussionist led me to consider how she plays her guitar as a real rhythmic force. Guitar notes pop, shudder, and whisper like their own clock, the squeaking strings are so pretty as to seem intentional. Kristin Hersh and Throwing Muses have always used drums inventively. I always felt Narcizo's drumming in Throwing Muses songs pulled me in and directed the song (and me) like you'd expect a melody line to.
So much about Hersh is unpredictable and very unique--her songwriting, singing, and playing. "Silica" has one of those famous shifts fans will recognize, where the song seems to have its own mood swings, and she and all of us are just protecting it while it happens. And Kristin Hersh is a great, great lyricist. Witness: "Leaves me wondering/ruby or iridescent cough drop" ("Ruby")--she gets a ha ha and 'wow, I'm not the only one who sees things' from me on that one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harry Haller on August 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
that you bought a CD that made you think, that made you want to get up and dance, made you want to call your friends and tell them about it, made you listen close, made you spend 15 minutes looking for the headphones so you could hear better? When was the last time a CD kept you awake at night thinking about it, running the songs through your mind over and over for hours, and when you woke up the next morning you found that you were still thinking about it? How long has it been since a record made you nod in appreciation of its musicianship, laugh at its cleverness and humor, and sometime almost made you cry?
I have been an admirer, although not an ardent fan, of Krisin Hersh for 10 or 15 years. I've always enjoyed her work but it always struck me as a little bit off in some way. But this is the brilliantly crafted alt-rock masterpiece that I have often suspected that she had in her. Musically, it walks somewhere in the line between a Throwing Muses album and one of Ms. Hirsh's acoustic solo albums, such as "strange angels." It has some power-pop with plenty of satisfying hooks, and it also has a couple of moody guitar-strumming tunes. It has a very clean, crisp sound with Hirsh's distinctive voice at the forefront. The lyrics are intensely personal and sometimes painful, but still done with a cleverness that has to be admired. Although I have not heard every Muses or Hirsh solo album, this is by far the best of the ones that I have heard.
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