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There are moments of similar beautiful intensity in " Hunkpapa " . The speedy " Mania " is one . Hersh's perfomance is so powerful and psychotic . Furthermore " Devil's Roof " is well-written and with a great refrain , " I'm Alive " displays how wonderfully the sweet vocals of Donelly can be combined with Hersh's arresting voice while " Bea " with it's changing speeds and magic melancholia is the album's ultimate highlight . The rest of the tracklist though is not as stong , incuding " Dizzy " a song Hersh herself doesn't sound that proud of really ... " I wrote the song Dizzy to play the game " she said in an interview . " We did House Tornado which was this record on this other planet , really insular and complicated and female . At the time we thought we were just a rock band then everyone heard it and flipped out , especially our american label who said ' why do you have to sound so much like the Throwing Muses ' . We thought ' ok we'll give them a stupid song ' so we did this terrible song and remixed it on this terrible way ... " Not that the song is that bad really - it's just that it's rather harmless for a band which has such a devoted fanbase for being the exact opposite .
The key question concering the Muses and records like " Hunkpapa " today though is whether there is a possibility of an important number of new listeners in the near future . The answer unfortunately seems to be no .Read more ›
Okay, now for the good news. Cock-ups aside production-wise, most of the songs themselves are still great. The hidden blessing in having stifling production values is that the *songs* really come through, if they're there (and they are, of course). That's the cool thing about each Throwing Muses album sounding quite different; not having a particular *sound* really forces the *songs* themselves upon you, if you're listening. That's something I've really learned to appreciate more recently, the more I listen. _Hunkpapa_ has many classics; Devil's Roof, Bea, the surprisingly infectious Dizzy, Fall Down, and Mania (in spite of cheesy horns); great, great songs. And I'd like to add, for myself, the hooky, syncopated No Parachutes, which has always been one of my favorites although rarely cited by others for some reason. Also, this album has some of Kristin's best lyrics, intricate and evocative.
One other great thing about this record: Leslie Langston's basslines!Read more ›
On HUNKPAPA, Throwing Muses are generally in fine form. Among the songs Hersh contributes is "Bea", apparently the memoirs of a desparate prostitute, one of the Muses' finest songs in its combination of surprisingly coherent lyricism with a sublimely elegant musical arc. "Fall Down" is a classic example of Hersh's slower style, while "Mania" goes to the other extreme in describing the frenzy of mental illness. The 37 second-long "Say Goodbye" is one of the album's more mysterious tracks, but this brief acoustic interlude appeared in a wild electric expansion on the Muses' following album THE REAL RAMONA. Donnelly, on the other hand contribues the fine "Dragonhead". The musicianship here is, as can only be expected of these four, of the highest quality. The guitars on the thrilling closer "Santa Claus" never fail to impress me, and as always I find myself asking why Narcizo hasn't garnered more respect from the drumming world.
The only real downside to HUNKPAPA is the bland production.Read more ›
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What is not to love? I saw this tour in the 1990's. Brilliant workPublished on August 23, 2014 by saucywitch
Dizzy is, and has been for 20 years, my favorite Throwing Muses song. There are other good ones and I'm always a fan of alternate/early versions of songs so I like having a... Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by dissipatedfog
My first and only owned 'Muses release, though I have other stuff on tape. I picked this up senior year in college a few months after its release over 20 years ago, having already... Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by kabalabonga
F Yeah..Southern New Wave mixed with the Midwest..Kristen Hersh's the gravelly voiced sexy Southerner or is it Midwesterner, while Tanya Donelly's the girl who we all want to... Read morePublished on October 19, 2005 by Cihuacoatl