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One of the Best!
on 30 March 2003
The Throwing Muses were one of the most promising rock bands to emerge in the mid 80’s. They produced some of the most outstanding and original music not only of the 80’s but, in my opinion, in the history of rock. With roots in the folk-punk of the Raincoats and Slits, they created a cacophonous sound of women possessed by goddesses, in songs with remarkable lyrics that easily slipped between time signatures and unique tempos. Although Sleater-Kinney later appropriated, and refined some of their magical art-punk-pop ethos, their sound remained like no others. After about two years, this formative period (most of which is available on “In A Doghouse”) gave way to a more listener friendly version of Indypop. Although tamed by the industry, and aiming for commercial success, occasional signs of their early genius popped up on records now and then.
Now nearly 17 years after the original brilliant self titled album “Throwing Muses”, they have re-released a new self-titled CD that recaptures and builds upon this early period. Although the live production is occasionally muddy, this nevertheless may be their best album yet. Bandleader, Kristen Hersh’s new spare acoustic solo album also is a great complement. Along with the new Cat Power, this is shaping up to be a great year in rock!