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Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Prolific, you might call her. Whether it is her musical output or her brood of children, Kristin Hersh is a busy, creative soul. In 1994, after guiding her band Throwing Muses through several influential albums, Hersh ackn... more »
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Prolific, you might call her. Whether it is her musical output or her brood of children, Kristin Hersh is a busy, creative soul. In 1994, after guiding her band Throwing Muses through several influential albums, Hersh acknowledged her desire for a solo career. The overflow of songs and ideas from her solo debut, Hips and Makers, wound up on Strings, an EP named for its chamber arrangements of four songs from the full-length album. "Me and My Charms" gives a revolving Philip Glass-like decorum to the more austere original. The simple piano and childlike vocals of "Beestung" show Hersh's use of vocal shading to enhance the lyrical intricacy of the song. By contrast, "Sundrops" features the jagged poetic delivery we normally associate with Patti Smith. To her great credit, Hersh is able to reinterpret her own well-loved originals and show us that a song isn't always finished when the final take is recorded. --Lois Maffeo
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What "Me and My Charms" is really about......
Bridgette Marie | USA | 11/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most people misinterpret this song, however if you listen to the lyrics it's all explained for you in black and white, and it is one of my favorite songs ever. The man whom she is in love with does not love her back. He is instead seeing someone else, as explained through the lyrics, "Is she here? Is she here right now? Drive her off, don't bother to call." Because of this unrequited love, Kristin is going to commit suicide, proven by the lyrics "I'm checking out today." Checking out is a well-known term for dying. When she does kill herself, she will be in heaven where she can finally be intimate with a heavenly being whom she compares to the man she is singing about. She will finally be able to kiss and take beauty, which she wasn't able to do with this man she's singing about.This is demonstrated by the lyrics "When I kiss the angel, I have a taste of you. When I take the angel, I have a piece of you." However, she hasn't killed herself yet, so the guy can still come back and save her as demonstrated from the lyrics, "You can come back, I haven't left you yet."Hope this makes the message of this song clearer for you all, and when one understand what the song is really about then it's poignancy and absolute meloncholy is much more easily felt."
Gorgeous, like its predecessor
EriKa | Iceland | 10/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Beautiful arrangements... you will love this if you loved Hips and Makers."
A must-have companion to Hersh's "Hips and Makers"
T. Morrison | Eagan, MN | 07/18/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a collection of several songs from Kristin's album "Hips and Makers" arranged for strings. In some cases, while the sound is pleasing, the arrangements worked better for me in some of the "calmer" songs like "Velvet Days." There are also three other tracks, including a cover of "When the Levee Breaks"."