Muses conjure up a delight!,
This review is from: Throwing Muses (Audio CD)
Not for the faint hearted this album is guaranteed to appeal to returning Fans of throwing muses as well as new converts. There are echo's of the Pixies, Pearl Jam, and newer bands like Black Rebel Motorcycle club but most of all this album leaves you in no doubt that it is a muses effort.
Much has been made of the line up in that Kirsten Hersh, David Narcizo, Bernard Georges are rejoined with Hersh's half sister Tanya Donelly but if listened to as a continuum through Real Ramona, Red Heaven, University, Limbo and now the eponymously entitled Throwing Muses there is a continuing theme.
The albumn kicks off with the dark brooding base of Mercury "I am the opposite of you" sings Hersh. There are several moments of brilliance in the album but this; more than previous Muses records needs time. Civil Disobedience is a track that Pearl Jam would be proud of. Status Quo starts with grating guitars and symbol but then at 55secs Narcizo enters with a 4/4 beat joined by a traditional Muses guitar hook. Speed and sleep begins with melodic dark bass and lead guitar echoes. The albumn gets stronger through each track - Portia is perhaps the most poppy moment and Epiphany starts reminiscent of Two Step or Santa Claus from earlier Muses albums but develops into a 4/4 guitar churning broken by Narcizo's drums, Donelly's cries and Hershes guitar. The closing track Flying is a track that summarises the albumn as a whole - Hersh growls and agonises, Donelly soars, Narcizo's drumming is perfection adjoined by bass that underlies the song.
In short these 12 songs depict a return for a strong Muses line-up certainly not short on musical creativity or ability. This is an album like none other on the market presently and contains a richness sadly lacking in the years since 1996's Limbo.