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"My mouth is full of demons / I swear to God," Kristin Hersh sings with escalating fury in the middle of "Ellen West." The image is apt. The Real Ramona marked a high point for the Throwing Muses, whose debut was the first... more »
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"My mouth is full of demons / I swear to God," Kristin Hersh sings with escalating fury in the middle of "Ellen West." The image is apt. The Real Ramona marked a high point for the Throwing Muses, whose debut was the first-ever American recording issued on the hip British label 4AD. The quartet excels in two largely different veins, the first a glistening, poppy one with Hersh's unnervingly crisp voice edging the guitars, and the second a more frantic, revved-up version of the first, where the drums pound harder and the vocals veer into referential terrain that's almost sublimely opaque. The key to the Throwing Muses at any stage in their career is Hersh's emotional frankness and unflinching conveyance of her schizophrenia-tinged lyrics. She makes the band magnetically frenzied, even when they're being lovely. And with Ramona, Hersh and the Muses perfected their mix. This is their last recording with band cofounder Tanya Donelly, who continued on with the Breeders and Belly. --Andrew Bartlett
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The BEST of the Muses
Rock Quarry | Atlanta, GA United States | 07/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album was the perfect blend of Kristin's brooding introspection and Tanya's fun pop sensibilities. The record constantly rewards and surprises upon repeated listening. The Golden Fleece of the Misunderstood."
Their Most Accessible, Radio-Friendly Album
John Jeffrey Macginnis | Berkeley, CA United States | 08/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First, that "The Real Ramona" is the most poppy, easy-to-like Muses album (in my opinion) doesn't make it any less praiseworthy than other TM albums. The string of songs on this album go from the perfectly-hooked pop of "Counting Backwards" to the sublime, dreamy "Two-Step," (the only TM song "equally" produced by each band member). And Tanya Donnelly's brilliance in Belly was portended by her contributions to the album (Honeychain and Not Too Soon). The percussion that bombards its way through the album imparts each already-compelling song with even more infectiousness."