Golden Ocean - 50 Foot Wave
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  • Summary: The indie-rock trio 50 Foot Wave includes a pair of Throwing Muses (Kristin Hersh and Bernard Georges) plus Rob Ahlers. This full-length debut follows a self-titled EP released in 2004.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. Rarely do records come around that are such a great mix of a physical adrenaline rush combined with intellectualism.
  2. Whoa, is it ever tough, but wow, is it ever great.
  3. 80
    Her textured roar means even the less melodic songs have traction. [May 2005, p.103]
  4. It's fantastic stuff-- at its best, the innate catchiness of Hersh's writing gets a shot in the arm from her cavalier vocals and musical caterwauling.
  5. 70
    The loudest record [Hersh] has ever made, and even if few individual compositions leap out of the general roar, it sounds fantastic. [Apr 2005, p.116]
  6. She's lyrically sharp as ever, and switches gears and works in nice melodies just enough to soften the edges, luring fans in before she pummels them.
  7. Only the album-ending title track tones down the noise, and even then, it's about as restrained as early Husker Du. [May 2005, p.132]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. RobJ.
    May 19, 2005
    Think of 50 Foot Wave as a louder, more aggressive version of the Throwing Muses. Also, Kristen Hersh has completely lost her voice (long time fans will note that it's been slowly going for years), but she manages to harness what's left into something that's both perfect for this album and strangely beautiful. Golden Ocean is a really tough listen, but it grows on you, and god is it good. Great driving music. Expand
  2. stevieb
    Mar 16, 2005
    This is an incredible, emotionally intense, intelligent RAWK record. It might kill you, but you'd die smiling.
  3. JoeyB
    Apr 4, 2005
    Gutwrenching, kamikazee guitars, intricate melodies, and Hersh's trademark warble - this is the rising phoenix from the flames - a churning, fast-paced album of remarkable songwriting. Expand
  4. EthanH
    Apr 19, 2007
    Q: What would have happened if Kurt Cobain had a sex change operation just before making Nevermind? A: Kirstin Hersh with 50 Foot Wave. no? oh, never mind. Collapse
  5. MarkD
    Jun 1, 2005
    Hersh is THE woman when it comes to musical creativity and energy and this album is no exception. Fans of the Throwing Muses and Hersh's solo work may be shocked on first listen but bear with it as this album is just a reaffirmation that whatever Hersh touches in the musical world turns to gold. Expand
  6. PaulL
    Mar 27, 2005
    The album rocks hard and doesn't let up. However, the complicated melodies makes it somewhat taxing and almost forced sounding. I suspect it will appeal to the angry thinking-man or woman. Expand