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Crooked
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on 24 July 2010
This really is a very special item indeed and an interesting concept that actually works! When you get the book (which is a really nice to have item in itself), you can access a wealth of extras, not least the Crooked album itself. I have followed Kristin's carrer for some time now and can honestly say that this album is definately one of her best. The songs, the instruments, that voice....its all there and definately a return to form. Not only that but you can download another 2 EPs which will give you all told about 80 mins worth of music (inc the Crooked album). So basically for less than a tenner you're getting a fantastic full length album, 2 EPs, a beautiful hardback book to accompany the album and other extras on line as well. Bit of a no-brainer really. If you've admired the work of Ms Hersh at any stage in her career, then this is for you. And if you've never heard of her, its still for you.
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on 21 May 2013
Simply top class.....this is one of my favourite albums by Kristin, the book is a huge bonus explaining the background to all the tracks and sprinkled with poems and stories.
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on 17 April 2013
she is the best what can I say this is one of my favourite records ever buy it now please
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on 29 July 2010
Crooked is an album more interesting than most; both in terms of the songs on it and how it was put together. Kristin released almost 30 tracks in the 2 years prior to it's release, all online and for free, and compiled the album from them. It will therefore sound familiar to those who were eagerly awaiting the monthly downloads, but several songs are noticeably different, most obviously the album opener, Mississippi Kite, and Bliss.

The album is presented here as a beautifully put together book, complete with lyrics and an essay by Kristin on each song. It contains a digital code to download the album, 2 EPs, an audio commentary and more.

The tone of the album is dark but not dreary, acoustic and breathy. It's hypnotic and requires several listens to really get your teeth into it. As on all her albums, the lyrics are poetic, unfathomable and fascinating. It's infinitely listenable and never seems to get tired. Kristin's last few albums have been among the best of her career and this is no exception. It doesn't sound like any album she has released before (as always) and it's remarkable she can still manage to sound so different and distinctive about 20 albums into career.

Simply put, Crooked is great. Get it!
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on 31 July 2010
As usual with Kristin Hersh records, the music of "Crooked" takes "a few spins" to get into. When it hits you, though, you fall in love! The "Crooked" songs are immediately pleasing to the ear, but given time, the full impact of the words and music is felt.

But I'm getting ahead of myself in this case, as this particular album comes in the form of a hardback book. It does not contain a CD, but rather details of how to download the songs and the accompanying wealth of multimedia online.

And it is a very beautifully presented book, containing essays on all the songs. Both the essays and the songs themselves are moving and powerful and reward repeated listening and reading. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 1 January 2011
The music is top notch and what you'd expect fropm Kristin Hersh. Not sure about the book package ; the "essays" were rather sparse and pretty much like regular liner notes and as interesting as it is to download the album and the extra's from the web-site, I'd prefer for asthetic reasons (!) to still have the album included on a CD e.g. in a pocket within the book and have only the extra's as download only.
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on 29 July 2010
Just beautiful! Get this book if you can, it's a music and publishing industry first as well as a gorgeous piece of art work to own.

The songs are amazing, and so inspiring and thought provoking when you can read the essays to go with them.

Also, if you get the book, you can unlock a lot more online than just the album, there are EPs of songs that were written alongside those chosen for the album, and they're just as special.

This really is something to own and treasure, enjoy!
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on 29 July 2010
Crooked is much more than a simple CD...in fact there is no CD unless you want to burn one. A album, presented as a book - which leads to a download of the album, and demos - this is a real work of art. Once you've read the lyrics and Kristin's short articles about the songs, there's the music to savour. There's not a duff track here, but there are plenty of great ones. The heartbreak of Flooding, the epiphany of Crooked itself, and the laid back shuffle of the slightly terrifying Fortune are all highpoints among a set of incredibly strong songs. Kristin's work has never really needed improvement, and the crooked path that led to this album has resulted in genius.
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on 6 July 2010
This is fabulous, from the first track to last, faultless.
Highlight for me is probably Moan, listen to her guitar work in that - shivers down your spine time.

Also, if you buy this you get access to 9 additional tracks, out-takes that failed to make the album.

Don't hesitate, just buy
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on 29 July 2010
Another masterpiece from Kristin Hersh. Any fan of her will love this. A great and very much with the times concept of buying music. The contents of the book please the eyes as much as the downloaded music sates the eardrum. Value for money is right up there as well as the usual high level of craftsmanship. A must have for anyone. Not just for fans.
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