Unsettling and Revelatory

Written by Jeff Keibel on Fri, 20 Feb 1998 14:17:51 -0500.

Reviewer Kim Hughes from local Toronto rag called Now gave our Kristin's new album "pick of the week" status in the latest issue dated February 19th. Now reviews are scored out of five N's...

KRISTIN HERSH Strange Angels (Rykodisc) Rating: NNNN

Using music to confront personal instability is a tricky proposition. Catharsis is already woefully overused as a songwriting device, and it's a rare talent who can swing it convincingly. But Kristin Hersh's stuff has always rung true, probably because it was true. While her work with Throwing Muses was immensely powerful and poetic, it wasn't until the release of her 94 solo disc, Hips And Makers, that the gloves came off.

On Strange Angels, Hersh again broadsides listeners with bittersweet, surreal tales of demons and self-doubt, given only the sheerest instrumental accompaniment but delivered with absolute clarity and conviction. Remarkably offbeat imagery -- things like hygiene rituals and angular religious precepts for a start -- is at the heart of this music, with Hersh's conversational warble and unfussy delivery driving the point home more compellingly than 1,000 Lilith-approved sirens wailing at the shore. An unsettling and truly revelatory experience.

from www.now.com


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