Kristin Hersh (of Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave) hereby releases her tenth album as a solo artist. And it's a big one. Wyatt at the Coyote Palace is a double record (featuring twenty-four tracks) written and recorded over the last five years. As rich and personal as anything by Hersh. Double LP on the Happy Happy Birthday To Me label.
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My God, Kristin Hersh's voice is husky these days. It sounds like Stevie Nicks chewing sandpaper - a kind of high-pitched hiss as if someone has left a gas pipe on over the recording. This is her 10th solo album and she's made it a double. It might be heresy amongst her fans but I'm going to here declare that she'll never top her debut solo album 'Hips and Makers'. There I said it. Strike me.
What we have is slightly messy and discordant music that is based around Hersh's hand-picked acoustic guitar (sometimes 6 string, sometimes 12 string) and allows itself to make ridiculous jumps in tempo right from the get go - every time you think you are in for a long haul acoustic track she interrupts the flow by dragging the song elsewhere. There are also a few tracks which are based round a simple guitar motif without verse and chorus structures. They just kind of pound on with guitar solos added in just in case you get too comfortable.
Fans will be delighted by this creativity from Hersh. I'm finding the album tough going though (and I'm not even half way through) though not without sparks of inspiration. I suppose you have to be a fan (I'm not, really) and you need to get over the elephant in the room that is her worryingly shot voice and you'll need to deal with a sprawling, barely structured album with let's say earthy production values.
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