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Kristin Hersh: Listen. Now. Or. She will hunt you down. - The Audiophile Man
Title: Wyatt at the Coyote Palace Label: Omnibus Press We journalists feel compelled to do this every time KR is mentioned. It’s like a preface to a book or a mantra. [deep breath] Born in the USA (but in a distinctly un-Springsteen-like manner), KR is a singer, songwriter and author known now for her innovative solo projects but even better known as the front girly for the rock bands, Throwing Muses and 50FootWave. She has…yada, yada, yada…End of Preface. To the present, though and what a lovely thing. This edition of the new Hersh album that I’m holding here. Spread over two CDs, the discs are fixed inside the front and rear hard covers of a book that features the lyrics to the songs plus other scribblings. As for the songs themselves. There’s a strange dichotomy going on. A contrast that is appealing yet a little surprising. Firstly, you have Hersh’s own delivery. Raspy. Slightly croaky. Moving slowly, ever gradually towards Tom Waits in a skirt. Insinuating. Whispering. As if you are standing next to her in the queue in Tescos (admittedly quite a long queue) and she’s quietly singing the songs to you out of the corner of her …