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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 4, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B00007KN38
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Formed in 1983 by guitarist/vocalist Kristin Hersh & her half-sister guitarist/vocalist Tanya Donelly. They broke up in 1996, & this marks their first record since then. It not only captures the virility & energy of their first groundbreaking works, but i

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I guess it sounds like I'm complaining a lot, but I give this CD 4 stars.
So while they have great guitar playing and singing, it's the actual construction of the songs--chords, scales, and rhythms--that give them a distinct character.
J Lee Harshbarger
All in all, this is a great and unique album that belongs in any and all CD collections.
Countingbackwards Ken

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Countingbackwards Ken on March 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A first note - anyone who appreciates good, rocking guitar music should love Throwing Muses. If you like Sleater-Kinney or The White Stripes in particular, this band's for you.
At my relatively early listening stage, the tracks that stand out are Mercury, Civil Disobedience (those two have that early Muses vibe to them), Pandora's Box, Solar Dip and Pretty Or Not.
This review is coming from a longtime Throwing Muses fan, and I can tell you that if you have any capacity to enjoy this band, you will love this album. It reunites Kristin Hersh with her sister Tanya Donelly, for the first time since the Muses' 1991 album "The Real Ramona." Though Donelly is not a full-fledged band member (she only sings backup on 5 songs, and there are none of her own songs), her presence combined with the late-90's "Power-Trio Muses" lineup combines for an album that has the Muses' stamp all over it. This is evidenced by the driving and constantly changing rhythms reminiscent of their earlier work, the vocal interplay between Hersh and Donelly reminiscent of the "middle" albums, and the catchy melodies and louder guitars that were evident in the more recent Muses albums (the last of which was in 1996).
Despite these comparisons, the album itself does not sound like anything the Muses have ever done before. The drumming of David Narcizo, one of the best and most under-appreciated drummers in the music world today, has always been excellent, but on this album it is outstanding, as if he had been waiting to dig his teeth into new Muses material much as a ravenous dog would anticipate digging his teeth into a juicy steak. And the same goes for Bernard Georges' incredible bass playing.
All in all, this is a great and unique album that belongs in any and all CD collections.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Genco on April 18, 2003
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Maybe one of these days, Kristin will get what's coming to her.
You know that whole "alternative" music scene we hear about so much these days? That one that busted out with Nirvana's NEVERMIND, about a dozen years ago? Well, a half dozen years before that, a teenaged Kristin Hersh was exorcising her deamons with the help of her band, Throwing Muses. The first American band signed to 4AD, the Muses traded riffs with the Pixies, turned the bars and music halls of Europe upside down (R.E.M. opened for them, way back), and dominated college radio in the late 80's. Most importantly, the Muses helped lay down some of that serious trackwork which paved the way for folks like Kurt Cobain. Does the mainstream music press give her props for ANY of this? No.
Begging your pardon, but, frankly, I believe in credit where credit's due. But I digress.
Kristin's had her share of ups and downs -- she had to bust up her beloved band because they couldn't afford to stay together, for example -- but through all of it, she makes her music the way she likes it. Because she has to. And, dear lord, in this day and age of handpicked, corporategrown and groomed "rock grrls", it just doesn't get any better than that.
This is the Muses' first album since 1996. They're as strong as they ever were. Hold this album up to the likes of, say, the Vines or the Hives or (shriek) the Strokes and you'll see that it stands firm against any uppity up-and-comers. Tracks like "Mercury", "Pandora's Box" and "Civil Disobedience" are proof that Kristin and her band are still at the top of her game. And what a disturbing game it is -- take a minute to learn a thing or two about Kristin, and you'll discover that she's done more living than most of us.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "musesboy" on March 20, 2003
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When the Throwing Muses released "Limbo" in 1996 I thought that it was to be their last album. There were a few previously unreleased tracks on the 1998 collection "In A Doghouse" but I was thrilled to learn that 2003 would mark a return for the band that has touched me more than any other.
"Throwing Muses" is a wonderful set of twelve brand new songs. The band is the same line up from "Limbo", Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo and Bernard Georges, and includes backing vocals from Tanya Donelly on five of the tracks.
The opening notes from the powerful "Mercury" signify the album's intent. The Muses are straight down to business with stop-start drumming, a ferocity and energy that I know from albums such as "Red Heaven", and the complicated layers of sound that no other band has ever matched in my experience. "I hope I don't stomp on your heart I know what that's like", sings Kristin, and you can hear it in her voice, she knows.
There are at least two people inside Kristin Hersh's body, one is sweet and gentle, one is full of demons and pain. This is evident on the second track "Pretty Or Not". It starts off gently and then erupts as she screeches the chorus. It drags the listener into her world and forces them to pay attention.
The songs are full of startling changes of tempo and volume, and each is like a little journey. "Status Quo" highlights this about three minutes into the song when it completely changes, like many of the songs on the debut album all those years ago.
Speed And Sleep is very scary. It is a song of betrayal and I hope that it isn't true, although I fear that it is. This woman has been hurt enough already.
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