Purgatory/Paradise (Anglais) Relié – 3 décembre 2013
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Purgatory/Paradise was devised both as a record and as a book, with essays by Hersh and art by Narcizo. It’s both a gorgeous standalone object . . . and a sort of decoder for the album’s tracks . . . (Pitchfork)
Nothing short of epic . . . wrenching, alarming, disturbing, and occasionally seasoned with bits of dark humor . . . . a stunning psychological ride. Like the most powerful of drugs. . . it’s the stuff addictions are made of. (American Songwriter, four stars)
Triumphant . . . fresh and expansive . . . What is clear is that this record, and book, which call into question what records and books and can and should do, how they can and should interact, still delivers in a basic, thrilling way. (Popmatters)
Art, essays and outstanding new music collide on a surreal Throwing Muses epic . . . a soul-stirring collection [of] musical mini-masterpieces accompanied by lyrical prose vignettes exuding the same nimble friskiness and wry, subversive brilliance that characterized Hersh’s fantastic 2010 memoir. (Magnet, nine out of ten stars)
Both brutal and magical . . . written with unimaginable warmth and such goofball humor, a perfectly imperfect encapsulation of what makes Hersh’s work so fortifying even as it devastates. (Popdose)
Praise for Kristin Hersh: “It’s almost impossible to imagine the visceral bleats of singers like Corin Tucker or Marissa Paternoster without Kristin Hersh.” (Pitchfork)
“Hersh is a fearless rock innovator.” (New York Times)
“One of America’s finest songwriters.” (Simon Reynolds, author of Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84)
Praise for Rat Girl:“Hersh has pretty much been to hell and back and lived to tell the tale...extremely well written.” (Huffington Post)
“Sensitive and emotionally raw... it’s also wildly funny.” (New York Times Book Review)
“With its reined in plot line and ethereal prose style, Rat Girl reads more like a novel...apleasure to read.” (Slate)
“An original beauty.” (Mary Gaitskill, author of Veronica and Don't Cry)
“A thoroughly engrossing work by an original voice-hopefully the first of many.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
Ms. Hersh’s prose delves into the memories that occasioned the songs, mingling tour incidents, childhood trauma, philosophical musings and hardheaded life lessons (The New York Times)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Purgatory/Paradise is a revolutionary fusion of music and text from seminal indie rock band Throwing Muses.
Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses’s lead singer/songwriter, is one of the most well-respected musicians to emerge from the 1980s indie rock scene. Her work has influenced artists such as Cat Power, Alanis Morrissette, Lush, and Sleater-Kinney, as well as Riot Grrrls everywhere.
Ten years in the making, Hersh and Throwing Muses’s 32-track album Purgatory/Paradise is the centerpiece of this deluxe 64-page book which also contains more than two dozen photographs and artwork by Kristin Hersh and band member Dave Narcizo; lyrics for each song; stories and essays that accompany each track written by Hersh; and instructions for downloads of exclusive content, including demos and outtakes.
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Hersh’s quirky yet effective vocals are still there, and still perfectly match her lyrics. They lyrics themselves don’t match the music but rub against the melody creating an effective sonic tension. What’s Hersh singing about? I’m not sure, even after reading the lyrics in the expansive book.
The song “Sunray Venus” is one of my favorites yet I’m not sure of the context of the lyrics “…open your mouth you’re blessed for the moment kisses all around; sunray Venus crushed underfoot and kisses all around, leaving that is limbo, hell I remember you…”. Still this is good incentive to read the accompanying book.
Throwing Muses continue their effective use of shifting rhythms and tempos too. On the stand out track “Freesia” the melody rocks along then suddenly doesn’t with an unexpected and challenging modulation. Bassist Bernard Georges and drummer David Narcizo hold things together perfectly. On the song “ Terra Nova Hersh sings, “…nothing’s perfect ‘till it’s better”. Somehow after listening to this perplexing, mystical and perfectly engrossing album, you understand exactly what she means.
I was pleasantly surprised by the great mix of acoustic guitars, electric guitars, appropriate drumming to fit the songs,
some songs have flute, strings: all great players on every instrument on this CD. "Purgatory/Paradise" is K. Hersh at the height of her powers: melodic songs, singing counterpoint with herself on some tunes; and, when occasional vocal effects are used, they enhance the lyric/song perfectly. Repeated listenings are very rewarding: u will hear snatches of songs, melodic motives, incorporated into other songs on this masterpiece. Each time I listen, I get it more and more, and I always hear something new. I like to hear it from start to finish in one sitting (or drive.) So glad I bought it (and the hard cover book is a great bonus! Well worth it getting the CD with the hard cover book.)
All the unexpected hooky melodies weave with a narrative that dances between surreal and cerebral leaving you fully satisfied as well a spell bounds by Kristin's story telling. One of the best albums of the year by far. As other reviewers have noted your perspective and experiencing will continual to evolve the more this album gets into your rotation, which is the true test of greatness.