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Red Heaven

1 Oct 1998

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct 1998
  • Label: 4AD
  • Copyright: 1992 4AD Ltd
  • Total Length: 39:49
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  • ASIN: B001MY8V4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,558 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Omelasz on 9 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
Tanya Donelly's departure really did leave a hole in the Throwing Muses albums from thereon but they were still worth getting excited about even if it meant no Tanya songs. Red Heaven won't hit you immediately but on repeated listenings, everything unravels and what you have is a rock album swivelling with a lot of songs running on pure spite and of course, the tint of surrealness (Carnival Wig).

Highlight: Furious
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 2001
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Not the easiest of Muses records to listen to, 'Red Heaven' sees a Tanya Donelly-free band moving to far heavier territory than the previous year's 'The Real Ramona', without yet molding a harder sound in the poppier forms of the later 'University' and 'Limbo' albums.
However, it is precisely this uncertainty as to how to take a rock direction that makes for some of the most effective tracks the group ever recorded. 'Pearl' and 'Furious' almost defy genre: the former switches abruptly from acoustic strum to deranged metal, while the latter is a great big smouldering metallic volcano of heavy guitars and Hersch's vocals at their most pained and rasping. More straighforward, but no less spectacular is 'Dio', the magnificently raw thrash of a collaboration with Bob Mould, and 'Rosetta Stone', which should be listened to for its demented time-signature changes alone.
The album's only failing is that while tinkering with rock guitars yields some superb tracks (check out the three wonderfully weird intrumentals), when The Muses attempt to reconcile this with their pop sensibilities, it doesn't really work so well as on future albums. 'Firepile' and 'Backroad' are fun enough, but their grunge-pop fusion feels a bit forced compared to, say, 'Bright Yellow Gun' off 'University'.
Though I was left with the nagging feeling that 'Red Heaven' could probably have been slightly better had it been psychotically-heavy all the way through, I'm certainly not trying to put anyone off. Kristin Hersch is as tortured and lyrically skilled as ever, and while at its worst 'Red Heaven' occasionally sounds average, at its best it contains the most ferocious and powerful rock the band ever did.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. GL Fox on 31 Jan 2000
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This is Hersh being macho, and it works. The old structural modernism of the words remains, and the beautiful purity of the music also, but unlike the earlier records, this one is very hard. I would say 'rock', but in reality this has nothing at all in common with all that pap whatsoever. It is steely cold, and delivered senza vibrato, but still the nostalgic heart of Hersh beats its complex pulse underneath, and still the changes thrill and harm, just as potently and woundingly as before. The difference is that this time it's for real. If she shoots you with those shells of poetry you will die, not just wish you had. An unmissable treat without any doubt.
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By N. Gavin on 12 Aug 2014
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Throwing muses...need I say more.
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