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  Kristin Hersh
Kristin Hersh It's an honesty thing. Outside the floodlit fatuity that is the circus ring of commercial rock and pop, a group of souls has always made music in the shadows. Music that roars with devastating emotional intensity from the wings.

Kristin Hersh has been a fringe dweller most of her life. Not just as the singing/songwriting core of Throwing Muses, who cut a sonic ferocity with a skewed and feminised, neo-folk temperament and made some damned fine alterno-pop records in their 13-year history, nor as an anguished solo artist struggling to come to terms with the loss of her band (which folded after "Limbo" in 1996) and subsequent feelings of betrayal, but also as a sufferer of the bi-polar disorder that has long been both her muse and bete noire. Talk of demons comes cheap in this business, but Hersh has had to wrestle with more than most. Creativity for her has long meant being tormented by the sounds of her songs forcing themselves upon her, unbidded. At least, it did up until 1999's breezy, cleanly beautiful "Sky Motel" LP, where Hersh wrested direct creative control for the first time ever and wrote the songs herself.

Response, rather than empathy is central to Kristin Hersh's music. Her songs do so much more than have you humming a nice tune, because they come from a wild and different place. They're often frightening and sometimes terrifyingly fragile, but even then they hit with the force of a Mach 10 wind. Says Hersh, "Throughout my career, I never got the feeling that these songs were just for me. For some reason, no matter how shy I felt, I didn't think the songs were shy. And when I play them, I'm not embarrassed and I don't feel like I'm baring my soul, I feel like I'm voicing what we all have in common." More information can be found at http://www.4ad.com/artists/hersh_kristin/biography.htm

   
 
Sunny Border Blue
CD $16.99 catalog# 4ad72102d
Sunny Border Blue
Spain
Sky Motel
CD $16.99 catalog# 4AD79012
Sky Motel
Caffeine
Strange Angels
CD $16.99 catalog# RYK310429
Strange Angels
Like You
Hips And Makers
CD $16.99 catalog# REP45413
Hips And Makers
Strings
CD $9.99 catalog# SIRE45667
Strings
Beestung
 


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