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Kristin Hersh
May 2010

After founding her influential art-punk band Throwing Muses, at age 14, Kristin Hersh went on to spend the next 25 years confounding expectations and breaking rules - both her own and others’. From life as the reluctant front person for the Muses, to the solo career she swore never would happen, through the founding of an ambitious and altruistic ... Read more in Amazon's Kristin Hersh Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B00000IP4W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Echo
2. White Trash Moon
3. Fog
4. Costa Rica
5. Cleaner Light, A
6. San Francisco
7. Cathedral Heat
8. Husk
9. Caffeine
10. Spring
11. Clay Feet
12. Faith

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on 6 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
no vacancy 27 Mar. 2000
By Susan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's a sad truth that Throwing Muses will probably never really reunite, and listening to "Sky Motel" serves to remind us of the majesty, creativity, and absolutely phantasmagoric mood of Kristin Hersh when she's standing in front of a band. Although "Sky Motel" sounds more like a Throwing Muses album than a Kristin Hersh album, it still has that undeniable quirkiness and eerie spook that is present in every chord Kristin plays, and every phrase she utters. "Sky Motel" experiments with different sounds, including the lounge-y "Echo," and even sports an actual radio-ready pop song in "A Cleaner Light." But more impressive are the grinding melodies of "Cathedral Heat," the nothing-short-of-brilliant lyrical play of "Costa Rica," and the kind of love song that only Kristin Hersh could write, "Spring." Kristin obviously misses her Muses, and it's no wonder: she is powerful and masterful when accompanied by a band, as "Sky Motel" gracefully proves. But she is more than capable of carrying the torch on her own, even when playing with a fuller sound than we hear on "Hips and Makers" or "Strange Angels," let alone the stripped-down "Murder, Misery, and Then Goodnight." Throwing Muses was always Kristin's vehicle, of course, and her solo work is only another side of a brilliantly tossed coin. "Sky Motel" is a daring combination of the best of her accoustic work and the most catchy of her Throwing Muses days. "Nothing like chrome when it shines." Indeed!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Kristin Hersh's third solo album is the finest one yet. 6 Mar. 2001
By Christopher Culver - Published on
Format: Audio CD
SKY MOTEL, Kristin Hersh's third solo album, is the first to feature electric instruments. As a result, it brings the listener back to the fondly remembered days of her band Throwing Muses.
Hersh's songwriting on SKY MOTEL is as strong and idiosyncratic as ever, but the electric guitars and David Narcizo on drums give each track an added punch that make this her most accessible solo effort yet. The powerful "Echo" makes an excellent opening. "A Cleaner Light" is a rarity in pop music, a track that is both artistically viable and radio-friendly. "Cathedral Heat" is perhaps the album's highest peak, as Kristin sings "kissing in the middle of a terrible storm." The quiet "Faith" trails off to mark the end of this worthy album.
Forgetting about individual tracks and looking at the album as a whole, this disc takes time to grow on the listener, but it ultimately satisfies. Kristin Hersh's lyricism is certainly out of the ordinary, but once you get the core essence of the album, it all flows well.
For those who have yet to hear Kristin, I would recommend this over her two previous solo albums, HIPS AND MAKERS and STRANGE ANGELS, as the electric guitars of SKY MOTEL give it a wide range of appeal.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hersh Marries Throwing Muses' Drive with Solo Heart 21 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Fans of Kristin Hersh's former band Throwing Muses have been waiting for "the godmother of alternative rock" to step forth and produce another full band album for quite some time. Hersh's earlier works "Hips and Makers" and "Strange Angels" were entirely acoustic, and her mail order only release "Murder, Misery, And Then Goodnight", a compilation of Appalachian folk songs, seemed to further cement the notion that Hersh's electric days were over. With "Sky Motel", Hersh has answered that notion with an emphatic no. "Sky Motel", while not as raw and driving as previous Muses releases, introduces a new facet of Hersh's rich talent. The raw emotion of previous cuts now coexists with a new maturity and polish previously unseen. "Echo", the first track and first single, blends the familiar Hersh lyrics "...I crave a midnight something, I crave and something hunts me down..." with a new sound that seems more mature, yet just as enticing as the Muses' guitar driven music. "Cathedral Heat" stands out as a classic Kristin Hersh song, the kind of song that entices you at the first hearing, drawing you in bit by bit, then shocks you with its intricacies and brilliance. This is not just another pop or "alternative" songwriter, this is clearly a woman who must be recognized as an original artist. "A Cleaner Light" is definitely the most accessible of tracks, following where "Bright Yellow Gun" left off on the Muses' "University" album. It's the type of song that makes you want to roll down your windows and drive fast, celebrating not only how the song makes you feel, but also that you've found an artist who can combine gripping, often chilling lyrics with music that can make you heart race. With "Sky Motel", Kristin Hersh has again proven that you can either follow the curve and purchase what you hear on the radio, or you can pick up one of these gems that stand alone because of their merit. You probably won't be hearing "Sky Motel " much on the radio, but in two years, when everything popular at this time is long gone, "Sky Motel", along with most all other Hersh/Throwing Muses releases, will still exist as real music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Skylarking through Sky Motel 25 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Basically, this is Kristin Hersh's "Skylarking." It is music rich and interconnected with autobiographical moments depicting her life moving into and living in the desert, and ultimately leaving. Like XTC's "Skylarking," it demands continuous and seamless listening, the entire work framed with the gentle sounds of crickets in the cool desert night. Kristin acts as Colin Moulding to her own Andy Partidge, balancing her moods with songs both uptempo and gently distilling, all lined with her wit and vocal tension. Apparently this is the first album that she's had to sit down and write. Usually, the music would just come to her, sometimes in assaulting fashion, other times as a blooming flower. With the first track, "Echo," it's obvious that this music had to be created and crafted, and one wonders if the entire album is going to proceed in a predictable manner. The second track, "White Trash Moon," propells us into the surreal realm that is the desert, replete with oddities both environmental and human. From that moment on, the slick context of "Echo" is redefined as a comment on her own slick entry into this new world, only to be deflated by the blanketing reality of "White Trash Moon." And following those juxtaposed songs, anything goes. Like "Skylarking," listening to this album made me want to turn out all the lights, or, even better, take it out to a field where I can lay out, the bugs and blades of grass prickling at my ears and neck, and just stare into vast, wondrous sky for 46 dreamy and emotional minutes. Thank you Kristin, and congratulations.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
She has things to share , intimate thoughts and feelings 16 Mar. 2003
By giovanni - Published on
Format: Audio CD
... It's a direct revealing of her soul to the listener , one would say and indeed he would be right .
A complicated musician none the less , Hersh is no newcomer to the female rock scene . She is being fronting The Throwing Muses for years now and has already released five albums as a solo artist . Her records owe much of their charm to the power of her personallity . She is a woman who has " battled her own demons " and won , saw visions and illusions which caused her physical pain while writing many of her songs and all that long before all these female musicians started pretending to have 'mental disorders' just so they could sell some records . She is the real thing . She has always been honest with her public and she deserves credit for it . Never really did she seem to care about topping the charts or anything even remotely close to that . Much of her previous stuff is totally anticommercial , especially one of The Muses' latest releases , 1996's Limbo .
" Sky Motel " now is a record as enigmatic as they go . It contains a number of melodies locked into their own private universe ( " Costa Rica " , " San Francisco " ) . What is really difficult to understand is the mood the gifted singer is in while singing lyrics like " God bless the ugly / cheap champagne and blackjack on the bed / i was born in America / born with the fists of a saint ... " . Is she sad , cynical , dissapointed , happy or maybe all these together ? Ofcourse that doesn't mean that Hersh's virtues as a singer-songwritter aren't many because they really are and always present in each and everyone of her albums . " A Cleaner Light " brings in mind some of The Muses' best moments like " Bright Yellow Gun " , " Hush " is mysterious and haunting while " Cafeine " is melancholic and in it's own way romantic ( " I feel your heart beating / i hear your soft breathing " ) .
In conlusion ? ... Well it's actually hard to end up to a single simple conlusion about singers like Hersh . The music , the tortured voice , the lyrics all add up to something deeply personal which is natural not to sound appealing for everyone . One thing is sure though : artists like that shouldn't be ignored . Understanding the essence of their work is a challenge , exploring their thoughs is an experience .
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