Throwing Muses have always been one of the most idiosyncratic, challenging and independently minded bands, leading the way for many others. They've still never received the credit they deserve (and yes, they were always better than their old support band The Pixies, but take a bit more work to really appreciate just how much more depth and intensity they bring).
Some mesmerizing music here from Kristin et al. 32 tracks on one disc, some reprises sees tunes floating in and out of the setlist, giving the sense of an ongoing, hazily dreamlike, narrative but without ever becoming gimmicky or forced. The whole philosophy behind this record is quite clearly sticking up two fingers to the ipod mentality of listening (that said there's an embarrasment of riches in the 'choice cuts' department that'd make great samplers on your ipod...). I've had this album several weeks and listened to it a lot, but feel like I've barely scratched the surface of its depths. As Kristin has been wont to say in interviews -'people have forgotten what music can do'. This is a timely reminder. Some tracks are short (a minute to a minute and a half not being uncommon), as well as full length workouts of 4 to 4 and a half minutes. There's a few tracks that are just so great I'd really like them to have been longer (Triangle Quantico for one). In any event the band cranks out a sound of sensitive delicacy, nuanced, elegant, textured, sensual, but with a thumping post industrial aesthetic on tracks like Sunray Venus that should have every other rock band out there wondering 'why don't we sound like this?'.
Ten years was a long wait for this one, but it's another cracker.