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Strange Angels [CD]

Kristin Hersh Audio CD
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Kristin Hersh
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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: B000024WY3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, beautiful... to be admired 27 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Strange Angels is an album that surely cannot fail to incite either empathy or unease in its listeners. Stripped down to the barest of musical canvases, Kristin Hersh breathes life into her oft-quirky lyrics with her ever-impressive voice in this more than worthy sequel to Hips And Makers. This is an often intimate album, packed both with beautiful moments and with goofy moments, though the strength of the former would serve to redeem the latter if they too did not fall into place with surprising ease. Armed only with acoustic guitar and a haunting vocal range this is both harsh and beautiful.
With the variety of moods to be found within Strange Angels even the seemingly ordinary tracks soon take on more admirable qualities with every listen. "Shake" surely provides the pinnacle of Hersh's talents, with the finest reconciliation of guitar and vocals - other highlights really depend on the mood of the listener, with "Like You" and "Gazebo Tree" often finding some place amongst them. If you enjoy the more poignant style of musical simplicity then listen to this album with an open mind and I challenge you not to feel anything. This is far from a perfect work, but for all its faults there remains the undercurrent of honesty that can make you only forgive and admire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums of the 90s 1 May 2011
By John F
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In my opinion one of the best albums of the 90s. The haunting, incandescent songs just seem to flow into each other and I love the surreal lyrics. Listen to this album as the sun goes down. It's beautiful.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The songs are all acoustic and seem to blend from one into another, they wash and swell, rythyms pick up and die quickly accompanied by nicely arranged strings. Some of the tunes have an unusual nursery rhyme quality thats charming, an extrodinary album.
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lay back and chill time 16 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
if you want to chill, if you want to relax and if you love female artists kirstin hersh is worth listening to. not only is the music worthy but her lyrics are not bubble gum pop, she's not as openly angsty as other female artists but she has her own style. i recomend this to anyone driving on a long journey and your in need of a cd that has a little of everything
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like a cold, spring day 11 Jun 2001
By Hudson Valley Reader - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I like this album, even though I liked Hips and Makers better. Some really great songs appear in this second solo effort. "Gazeebo Tree" and "Hope" are fantastic. She is an incredible guitarist and a spinner of surrealist paintings that often leave you reeling. The downside of this album is that it can be at times cold, and a little relentless in her bleak landscape of madness, isolation, and extreme of consciousness. Deffenitely for the lover of acoustic albums and poetry of the damned.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the album that made me pick up a guitar 29 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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Were I to get stranded on a desert island with the luxury of a cd player, this album would be all I'd need to stay sane. I can't praise Strange Angels enough -- it is a musical revelation, and anyone who loves strange, poetic lyrics and beautiful, stilted guitar melodies, and unforgettable, unconventional voices should own this cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something to treasure for a long time... 18 July 1998
By Micah Newman - Published on
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this, I was a little disappointed that there seemed to be no 'standout' tracks. _Hips And Makers_, good ole Kristin's other solo work so far, is studded with glorious tracks like "A Loon" and "Me And My Charms", with mood swings and folk inclusions giving it the flavor of a compilation of sorts, but _Strange Angels_ sounded so *subdued* in comparison. Several listens later, I hear this album for what it is - wonderful. The songs don't reach out and grab you, but they ooze with so much of that charming Kristin-ness we know and love, it makes you want to reach out and hug her, while also often sending glaring question marks into your consciousness as always, with her almost wilfully abstract and abstruse lyrics. _Strange Angels_ rolls along quietly by; two songs even segue into each other so that the first few times you'll miss the song change. Although 'standouts' are not apparent, as the songs flow so seamlessly into one another, m! y faves are songs like the knowing "Gut Pageant" and sparkling "Baseball Field". A real treat for us Hersh fans, and I can't wait for more...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steller! 25 Feb 2004
By Ryan - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Contrary to the first critic, Strange Angels is one of Kristin Hersh's finest works. Well, the cult of Kristin could debate this, but this one is my personal favorite. It's authentic, simple, and gorgeous. I've listened to this record religiously over the last couple years. It's nice warm blanket when faced with the pain of grief. 5 stars, no BS. Best tracks..."Heaven," "Shake," "Aching For You," "Rainy Gazeebo Tree," "Gut Pageant," and "Pale."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Eloquence 3 Aug 2006
By Susan E. Senn - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This has to be my favorite Kristin Hersh record. I love Throwing Muses and was happy to hear Kristin Hersh's solo efforts. This album doesn't disappoint. While some may prefer it to be rockier, there's something very comforting and cathartic in the gentle sweeps and waves of the songs. Is it for everyone? Probably not.

If you listen to PJ Harvey you'll understand the analogy that this is Kristin Hersh's "To Bring You My Love". If you don't listen to PJ Harvey, it's a very mellow/folky album, more conceptual.

There are some songs I like more than others. "Home", "Shake", and "Like You" are my current favorites, while "Some Catch Flies" if very hit or miss to me.

This is one of my all time favorite records. It's very fitting to very specific moods. Well worth the chance you'll be giving it.
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