on 27 August 2001
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.
on 8 June 2001
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.
on 16 October 2002
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