This is a record made up of really catchy, really well-crafted indie-pop songs; The Real Ramona is a great album.
That’s maybe not something you could tell from Hersh’s lyrics, which are abstract as ever, but the moment the rhythmic drums and stop-start nature of opener Counting Backwards begins you know this is going to be a good listen. Sure, the grit and weirdness are still here, but they’ve taken on new forms, Him Dancing, Red Shoes, Graffiti and Dylan, the hammered guitars and animal snarls shaped into the grungy, anthemic hooks of Golden Thing, Ellen West and Say Goodbye. Not Too Soon is probably the catchiest tune in the Muses catalogue.
This is a great place to start for listeners new to the Muses as it's much more accessible than many other offerings!
I bought this album, aged 17 and now, 12 years later still return to it periodically as the definition of trully amazing Indie music. There is so much in this albumn, layer upon layer of rythm, melody and haunting lyrics. Counting Backwards is astorming start to the albumn. "Not too Soon" is pop perfection and the type of track that changes your day(try it!). Two of the most haunting tracks of the generation are on this record, Ellen West and Two Steps- the finishing track that closes the albumn beatifully. Great drums. Incredible guitars and vocals - quality throughout. A standout albumn in anyone's collection. Tanya Donnelly and Kisten Hersh stars in their own right combined to make a genuinely novel, refreshing albumn that is a must.
It's been more than a decade since " The Real Ramona " was released and the Throwing Muses are certaintly not kids anymore . David Narcizo , Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly are all enjoying a quiet family life nowadays while rarely do they perfom live anymore . Even though both Donelly ( with Belly's million-selling debut " Star " ) and Hersh ( with the acoustic ballad album " Hips And Makers " ) have experienced stardom during the 90's , their band somehow managed to remain all this time an underground secret for the few . The Muses had always been adored by critics and there'll be a certain core of fans who will follow them forever but they haven't yet reached a wider audience and ...never really seemed to care in doing so anyway . Their music is an exciting , unpredictable mixture of raw pop and rock . 1991's " The Real Ramona " is arguably their best offering yet . Hersh's tortured vocals and wonderfully psychotic lyrics result in some truly gripping and addictive songwritting ( " Counting Backwords " , " Graffiti " ) while Donelly reveals a more sensitive , ethereal side of the Muses' music . From a generally great tracklist the songs which stand out are the moody rock lullaby of " Two Step " and the twisted , haunting storytelling of " Honeychain " .
The thing with " The Real Ramona " is that even though it's clearly a first - class pop and rock release , still it has remained largely unheard . That's so unfair for a record as good as this one - a record that all people who like good music can enjoy and not just fans of the Throwing Muses . A must-have withought doubt .
The band's poppiest album to date is their strongest after their debut. Kristin Hersh proves she's got the chops to write good poppy songs, topped off with her harsh vocals (although ensures her abrasiveness is still intact with Hook in Her Head) and Tanya Donelly offers up two of her best ever songs for Throwing Muses: Not too Soon sounds like the best pop song ever while Honeychain lifts you up and twirls you around its sad surreal little world. Brilliant album and Tanya's last with the band.
There's a hook in Kristin Hersh's head, several actually. Pop hooks, industrial strength. The songs in TRR are so hooky and memorable that they'll make you wonder if this is the same band we listened to in their 1986 debut. The songs are drenched in melody and dreamy shimmer yet also in nightmarish glimmer. Tanya's songs are her absolute best while Hersh also steps up her pop know how. The vocal harmonies reach celestial heights. TRR is a delight, not at all lightweight but their most accessible.
Tanya Donnelly's last album with the Throwing Muses. A watershed album in many ways, signalling a move from the dark, disturbing sound of early Muses to the more poppy feel that Donelly would explore further with Belly. In many respects it sounds more like Belly than the Throwing Muses, from the power pop of Not Too Soon to the hauntingly beautiful melodies of Honeychain and Two Step. This is a forgotten classic and unquestionably one of the albums of the 90's.
A good way into the throwing muses, with the ability to preoccupy one's listening at first, and then remain a staple in the collection afterwards. It's difficult to see how a person could object to this album, with a please-all mixture of pop and indie. But this doesn't make it middle-aged sludge, it's still fairly raw and edgy, with teenage vibes, and a whole lot more calmness than earlier muses. On a negative note, the album gets off to a slightly shakey start, both in terms of recording, and the quality of the songs. This rectifies after the first two pieces, and can't dim what follows. The second (and minor) drawback is that the restraint applied seems too curtail some of the songs at mid evolutionary stage, maybe they just got bored with each one, perhaps the commercial sentiment set in; songs like "Ellen West" generate huge towers of rhythm, but topple at mid-build, even if cleverly juxtaposed with quiet melodies, there's a slight disappointment as time goes on. Overall the atmos is much in with the zeitgeist, broken hearts, self discovery, suffering nobility, social conscience. This transitional feel, of its time, of the adolescence it can evoke, and of the band, is an evolving moment where things tip. Listen to it by the sea.