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Back in in 2013 , Kristin trickled out 12 tracks from her website under the banner Spark Meets Gasoline works in progress'. Some 3 years later 11 of those 12 songs appear on this new album with same titles (but reworked versions) , plus song Bright which is a reworking of the track 'Rubber Bullets' the 12th song on the 2013 set. The original 2013 selection was great with many memorable songs, and it's nice to finally get the finished very much expanded album here. now with 24 tracks. A great listen and highly recommended. Looing forward to seeing Kristin live next week here in uk.
This is a double album of songs, presented in a very nice book that adds lyrics and colourful observations to the songs on the two CDs. If you've landed here, I assume you have at least a passing interest in and knowledge of Kristin, Throwing Muses & 50' Wave, so all you really need to know is that she's on great form here - as usual - and that this artefact will grace any music collection. Kristin has never provided anything to us that asks "Will this do?" and she's one of a rare handful of creative musicians who, however long they stick around, continue to stretch themselves and stay vital and fresh. These songs just underline that point and the accompanying words add a lovely insight into Kristin's idiosyncratic view of the universe, something that's always made me want to hold her close.
If you're young (certainly compared to me) and a snatch of heard music has made you want to check out more about Kristin and her work, I'm jealous not only of your good taste, but the sheer joy diving into one of music's truly great bodies of work will provide. This is as good a place as any to start as, the first couple of 'Muses albums aside, Kristin's output is timeless. The latest Throwing Muses LP, "Sun Racket" is a classic and, set alongside this, provides a great insight into Kristin's range of sounds and moods.
This album sounds most similar to Crooked, her most recent album. If you liked that, you'll probably like this. Plenty of depth to the songs, as always. I've been listening to this non-stop since I got it, and it's showing no signs of losing my interest.
Classic Hersh, great product - book, CD, ramblings and 'muse'ings. I love the sudden cord changes that Kristen puts in her music, and there's plenty here. 24 tracks is also great value for money... WATCP is like catching up with an old friend, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Ich möchte es kurz machen: Die 2 CDs, die in dem Buch enthalten sind, zeigen die ganze Bandbreite von Kristin Martha Hersh`s Können als Songwriterin und Musikerin. Von sanft bis rauh, manchmal in einem einzelnen Song verarbeitet. Der Titel ist ihrem vierten und jüngsten Sohn Wyatt gewidmet. Für Fans und solche, die es nach dem Anhören des Albums spätestens sind, ein absolutes Muss. Ein kleines Manko bei der Verpackung der CDs: Diese sind jeweils in einer Hülle aus Plastik und waren dermaßen darin gepresst, dass ich die CDs vorsichtig aus den Hüllen schneiden musste. In DVD-Hüllen sind die CDs nun bestens geschützt. Die Hüllen aus Plastik befinden sich in jeweils einer Tasche innerhalb des Buches, so dass das Buch bei der Entnahme der CDs keinen Schaden nimmt.
Emotional pain, disappointment, anger, love across time and the sad irony of memories, both good and bad, in the light of subsequent events. And why the hell do we continue to live and breathe after five decades on this earth? The book is beautifully written and the story woven around the printed lyrics succeeds in informing the songs on the CD and deepening this listener’s experience of them.
Hersh’s voice sounds brittle, as if she’s on the verge of losing it permanently. This alone lends the songs a sense of ineffable sadness. The second song (of 24) with it’s repeated refrain of “there’s no tomorrow” is so desolate that I almost didn’t continue. But, of course, I did continue and while the emotional terrain does not become any less challenging it’s textures are explored with a musical, aural and lyrical brilliance that are by turns subtle and insistent. Like almost all of Hersh’s work, it richly rewards repeated listens.
And as I re-listen again to the music, the overall tenor of the songs collected here cause some old lines to come to me: “Time is piling up, we struggle and we scrape/We’re all boxed in, nowhere to escape.” I can’t place them at first, but then it comes to me: they are from the song “Mississippi” by Bob Dylan. Later in the same song he sings, “…the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay/You can always come back, but you can’t come back all the way.” Wyatt At The Coyote Palace is a rich and aching work of staggering beauty and unflinching honesty.