For the non-devotee, this is the Hersh album to own. Far superior to its predecessor, Strange Angels, which was overly poppy and far too whimsical at times, Sky Motel shows Hersh at her most objective and consummate. It's not her finest work, but if one prefers the less emotionally-fuelled side of Kristin's work, then this is the best one to have. Here she successfully combines the rock-pop dynamism of Throwing Muses circa The Real Ramona, with the more thoughtful reflective side displayed on the first and best solo album, Hips And Makers. Lots of strong and imposing melodies, Echo and A Cleaner Light being classic rock-pop numbers. The centrepiece of the album, and the highlight of it, is Cathedral Heat, with its brooding guitars and sharp percussion. It contains some of Kristin's finest guitar work. Halfway through she breaks off into a superb foot-stomping riff, almost glam in its insistence. A couple of the tracks - Costa Rica, San Francisco - have an almost playful charm to them, a mild psychedelic twist. Things become slower and darker during the second half of the album, but she still keeps a tight rein on her muse, with haunting numbers like Husk, Caffeine and Faith. There are a lot of atmospheres created here. The colourful cover of the album reflects the multi-coloured variety of the music contained within. For the more casual listener, this would be the most enjoyable listening experience of all the solo albums.