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Hersh, Kristin / Crooked
Album:Crooked Collection:General
Artist:Hersh, Kristin Added:Sep 2019
Label:Fire Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2019-10-07 Pull Date:2019-12-09 
Week Ending:Dec 8Nov 24Nov 10Nov 3Oct 27Oct 20Oct 13

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 10, 2021:Old fart at play (rebroadcast from Oct 10, 2019)
4.Nov 22, 2019:Emergency Crew
2.Aug 12, 2021:Magnetized Toner (rebroadcast from Oct 15, 2019)
5.Nov 05, 2019:Attitude Adjustment
3.Dec 07, 2019:Music Casserole
6.Oct 30, 2019:Brownian Motion

Album Review
Reviewed 2019-09-18 
Ten-year anniversary re-release of singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh’s ninth studio album “Crooked.” Hersh was a founding member of the massively-influential alternative rock band Throwing Muses (which became the first American band to be signed to 4AD in 1985) and the more electric-leaning power trio 50 Foot Wave. Known for her highly-creative folk and stream-of-consciousness inspired songwriting, Hersh also exercises complete autonomy in this album, handling the wide gamut of instrumentation herself. Pretty intriguing stuff—intricate arrangements, a sparse almost unsettling atmosphere, and often-puzzling lyrics illuminated by her characteristic age-worn voice.

RIYL: Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave, The Breeders, Tanya Donelly, Liz Phair

FCC on 4. Try 3, 8, 5, 7

(1.) (4:57) Slow-building and airy with slowly crooned, almost whispered vocals. Picks up halfway with snarling grungy guitar solos (2.) (3:07) Upbeat but desperate atmosphere with forcefully strummed acoustic guitar and belted lyrics (*3.) (3:31) Lush flute intro transitions into an amazing, fiery rocker with great interplay between electric and acoustic guitar. Ends gently, just like it started (4.) (3:36) (FCC: fucking) Classic grainy 90’s alt rock flavor (*5.) (4:17) Slow-building and swaying with standout emotional vocals (6.) (4:16) Rustic with plenty of fret sliding. Dense, layered vocals punctuated by squeals of guitar (*7.) (3:10) Churning percussion. Imminent and captivating with bold layered vocals and broad minimalist guitar solos peppered with static (*8.) (5:29) Bouncy bassline with gruff commanding vocals. Great suspenseful production ending in a wash of noise that slowly fades (9.) (4:02) Solemn, midtempo desert ballad (10.) (3:41) Shimmering tambourine, scorching fuzzed-out guitars, stretched out vocal melodies

Track Listing
1.Moan 6.Coals
2.Sand 7.Crooked
3.Glass 8.Krait
4.Mississippi Kite 9.Flooding
5.Fortune 10.Rubidoux