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- Red Heaven by Throwing Muses
7/10 Penrith Steve 13th November 2014
The album immediately after their stone classic “The Real Ramona” was always going to be a difficult one, a bit like Moyes following Ferguson. To make matters worse, it was the first album after the departure of indie melody queen Tanya Donnelly.
The sound of “Red Heaven” is less punchy, less instant but is most definitely Throwing Muses. It opens with “Furious” which is a slow sludgy wail of a song. The single “Firepile” is reminiscent of “Him Dancing” from “The Real Ramona”. “Dio” is another up tempo rocker with a snarled vocal from Kristin Hersch. “Pearl” is one of the standout tracks and along with “Firepile” could have fought for its place on “The Real Ramona”, to use another football analogy. The album closer “Carnival Wig” is great too.
Whilst it’s not as good as its world class (and another!) predecessor, or its follow-up “University”, “Red Heaven” is a Throwing Muses album, which means it is a lot better than many other albums.