by Throwing Muses

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Possibly their finest album, Throwing Muses' fifth album, University, blends the rock power of Red Heaven, their first effort as a trio, with the shiny, surreal pop of The Real Ramona. The result is a collection of songs, like the album opener, "Bright Yellow Gun," that are as ferociously kinetic as they are insinuatingly melodic. At first, Tanya Donelly's departure from the group might have been seen as a liability, but on this dreamy yet direct album, it's an asset: it gives Kristin Hersh room for her most wide-ranging collection of songs yet. "Start," "Hazing," "Shimmer," and "Teller" are some of her most immediate, deceptively sweet punk-pop confections, rivalling previous Muses classics like "Counting Backwards" in their hooky intensity. Yet the delicate "Crabtown" and "Fever Few" reaffirm Hersh's finesse with brooding, folky melodies. "That's All You Wanted" and "Snakeface" remain two of the Muses' catchiest songs, and the driven "No Way in Hell" and "Flood" show that Hersh hasn't lost any of her edge. University's smooth, streamlined production adds a bit of sheen to Hersh's jagged, elliptical guitar lines and keening vocals, but doesn't rob either of its impact; if anything, the album's polish just heightens its flowing yet diverse sound. The album the Muses had been trying to make since Hunkpapa, University is as hypnotic as it is accessible.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2006
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140579620
catalogNumber: 5796

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Throwing Muses   Primary Artist,Group
Kristin Hersh   Group Member
Lenny Kaye   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Narcizo   Group Member
Dylan Hersh Going   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ryder James O'Connell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Trina Shoemaker   Background Vocals
Bernard Georges   Group Member

Technical Credits

Throwing Muses   Producer
Kristin Hersh   Composer,Producer
David Narcizo   Producer
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
Bernard Georges   Producer
Vaughan Oliver   Art Direction
Shinro Ohtake   Drawing
Phill Brown   Producer,Engineer
Paul Rayner-Brown   Producer,Engineer

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