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Purgatory / Paradise

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smoky hands 1
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morning birds 1
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sleepwalking 2
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sunray venus
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cherry candy 1
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film
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opiates
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cherry candy 2
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freesia
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curtains 1
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triangle quanitico
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morning birds 2
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lazy eye
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blurry 1
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folding fire 2
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slippershell
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bluff
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blurry 2
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terra nova
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walking talking
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milan
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curtains 2
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folding fire 1
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static
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clark's nutcracker
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dripping trees
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sleepwalking 1
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smoky hands 2
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speedbath
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quick
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dripping trees 2
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glass cats
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 32   Total Length: 67:33

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Came out of nowhere

BallardBoy

Had no idea this was even coming out, used to love but haven't listened to the Throwing Muses in ages. This is both a return to their best (Kristin Hersh) work and a reinvention. The short snippets of songs mixed in with the fuller, actual songs is a great idea, and makes the record an interesting and engaging listen all the way through - and trust me - that's the only way to truly enjoy it. Don't grumble about the cost of individual tracks, just DL the whole record. You won't regret it.

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Best Album of 2013

JEANNE.B

Mysteriously this amazing album did not make it on some best of lists of 2013 (including Emusic’s), much less #1. In my opinion the Throwing Muses have not relived the glory of their first stunning self-titled Album and EP’s… until now. And this time around it is simultaneously both a re-invention and a direct heir to their best work. Several songs have been available on-line, and on Hersh’s last solo album, but these versions are superior. Hands down they are the best group to name themselves after a passage from Heidegger - ever.

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Yeah!

suomynona

WOW. amazon.com mp3 is $ 8.99. emusic: EUR 15.89?

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SHOCKED at how great it still is.

grooveymood

Considering now that Throwing Muses' first album came out way back in 1986 - it is shocking how a band this old and seasoned can still sound so vital, personal and engaging. Of all the "alternative" groups to come out from that time period (The REAL alternative groups, pre-Nirvana, pre-grunge) Throwing Muses still sound interesting and fresh. In many ways they represent the sounds of alternative rock more than any other group. More than R.E.M., more than Husker Du, more than the Smiths, The Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes or Jesus and Mary Chain. Because they LASTED. And they never sounded like anyone else. Between Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh solo and 50 Ft Wave - Hersh has made one of the biggest, best and compelling bodies of music in the rock cannon.

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Raw and gritty

AstralGlamBoy

They have really aged in a good way--seasoned, gruff and raw. This albums shows a life lived. Really an amazing surprise.

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purgatory/paradise

ILGELE63

TM have always been great but.... too short listening... selling titles less than 1' can't help; just feel sad here finding other stuff for the same money

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Crazy!!!!!!!

Ole'rustyrocks

No one is going to buy this from emusic at the price they are charging! Why do they play the album only card for long tracks but do nothing to cover short tracks!

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Totally Wired!

containerdriver

Truly remarkable. An album that criss crosses its way through Kristin's past, present and future. Throwing Muses are always an adventure for the ears and this is an exceptionally good journey. Still in the car after eight days and I guess it will be a regular for a long while. Another 23 years maybe? Simply brilliant. If you want to hear something so different from the current trends, this is it.

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Love this album ...

velokatz

... it's a great mix of all of Kristin's recent projects, from loud and crunch 50FootWave style wailers to solo acoustic Kristin with a guitar. I've been following this band since 86, and they still have yet to let me down.

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Purgatory / Paradise

sukanku

This album has an exquisite quality of sounding quilted like scraps of familiar, gorgeous textiles or strung, beaded with shiny buttons and jewelry. There is no one-way to listen to this album, allowing the listener to play with the pieces themselves. The yellow slash on the cover is apt; there is no exact entrance and exit. The album could easily play on a loop taking the listener up and down seamlessly. Kristin Hersh and company are always reinventing themselves years ahead of others.

eMusic Features

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Interview: Throwing Muses

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

Throwing Muses didn't break up after their 2003 self-titled album — they just kind of quit the music business. They kept touring, intermittently; singer/guitarist Kristin Hersh kept writing new songs for the band, as well as for her solo projects; she and Throwing Muses bassist Bernard Georges also started a punk trio, 50 Foot Wave. In the late 2000s, Hersh co-founded CASH Music, an organization that connects artists to their fans, which provided a way… more »