Terri L. Smith | Central, SC United States | 11/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been wild about Throwing Muses, since being introduced to the Real Ramona. When I finally got my hands on Hunkpapa (not an easy find in the deep south)I was elated. However, this isn't one of my favorites. If I wanted to introduce someone to the Muses,I would use "LIMBO" or "UNIVERSITY". This is not for an infant Muses fan...this has to be for a fan who appreciates their other work. Songs like "Bea" and "Dizzy" are phenomenal songs and I think the Muses always deserve lots of respect for their musical diversity. Kristin is amazing as always...."
giovanni | Greece | 09/19/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One of the first video clips of the Throwing Muses , " Juno " , showed little more than some images of a woman sitting or making bread - her face remained hidden - plus some clips from one of their live shows . Still it was a suffocating experience , somehow frightening and at the same time highly addictive .
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 . Music fans younger than twenty - twenty five will probably not even remember once million selling Belly let alone the Throwing Muses of the 80's and as much as i enjoy 50th Foot Wave and Tanya Donelly's solo albums , i'd wish the band members and 4ad would give some more energy promoting their excellent back catalogue . The Pixies have recently released a best of recollection , a dvd and finished a great reunion tour - all of which gathered important media attention and gave the chance to a new audience - including myself - to get to know and love their music , even now , more than a decade latter since it's initial release . God knows how much albums like " The Real Ramona " , " University " and even " Hunkpapa " deserve similar recognation ."
Wake up to Beauty and Thrash
Doug Pearson | 06/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I used to love to throw this (tape) into a serious powered mixing board LOUD about an hour before school. Driving drums and bass parts..thrashing guitars, and pretty..sometimes Very pretty vocals...What a mix ! I guess my favorite song is Dragonhead..(which has a nice, tuneful guitar part) .. but its all good. I recommend it to anybody and dont feel i should try to compare it to anybody else."
Muses at their best, despite bad production
Nicole R. Lizotte | Dalton, GA | 01/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"okay, so whoever produced this did a [bad] job....they tried to take the muses and make them pop, which is close to impossible....i think their record copy tried to mold them into something they're not, and you can tell the muses fight it tooth and nail on this album.....kristin hersh is just brillant, no other way to describe her work...."