Throwing Muses have never been an easy ride. When I first heard them back in the late 80's I would never have believed they would come to be so important in my life - but they have. Rarely does a band trigger so many emotions in me - love, fear, excitment, reverence - but this one does. When they plit in 97 I was devastated.When I heard that they were back I was overjoyed, but anxious incase they could no longer deliver the excellence I was used to .How could I have doubted them? This cd is superb - raw, rocking and emtionally charged. Kristins voice and guitar is as unique as ever, Bernard's bass is heavy , and David's drumming is what it aleays is; a powerhouse. Tanya Donelly adds some welcome vocal harmonies, but this is definitely a cd by the power trio Muses.Lyrically the songs are emotional, personal , angry, joyful and at times humerous.As soon as kristin sings "I am a compliment to you" on the first track "Mercury" you know that it's true - you can't be without them! Stand out tracks for me are Mercury, Solar dip, Pretty or Not and Status Quo, but each time I listen to it something new grabs me - a new melody, a fresh twist of Kristin's voice, another choice lyric, etc. This really is a stomping return, and as they demonstrated on their recent European tour dates, this band have lost non of their edge in their time away. Let's hope they stick around for some more.