Purgatory/Paradise - Throwing Muses
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  • Record Label: Harper Collins
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, College Rock
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    90
    It's a soul-stirring collection of Real Ramona/University-grade musical mini-masterpieces accompanied by lyrical prose vignettes exuding the same nimble friskiness and wry, subversive brilliance that characterized Hersh's fantastic 2010 memoir Rat Girl. [No. 104, p.58]
  2. Nov 25, 2013
    80
    Hersh still transmits a visionary quality through her songs, her writing only adding to the sense of compulsion. [Dec 2013, p.88]
  3. Nov 15, 2013
    80
    Every part of Purgatory/Paradise has meaning for the band and its listeners, making it a satisfying artifact in a time when music is becoming increasingly disposable. May they ever go against the grain.
  4. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    The album was 33 songs a year ago, and it’s 32 now, yet it unfurls cohesively like a film.
  5. Nov 20, 2013
    70
    A stripped-down production adds intimacy, though Hersh's voice isn't quite as strong as it once was. [Dec 2013, p.74]
  6. 70
    Some of the music is unplugged but scrappy, with shifting meters and the grit in Ms. Hersh’s voice; they’re more scuffle than skiffle.
  7. 60
    Purgatory/Paradise is a mixed bag, and while it lives up more to the first half of its title than the latter, its best moments still prove worthy of the wait.

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  1. Dec 28, 2013
    10
    Without a doubt this album is the best of 2013 in my book. The Throwing Muses have always been a favourite since their stunning self-titled debut and early EPs. However, I have always been waiting for the same thrill I had from this early work with many disappointments. All subsequent albums had some great songs, but they also had too much filler and ultimately let me down. Now the contender for their best recording has arrived with a mature hard edged, but folky epic. Evidence of this magnificent return to form have been emerging with Hersh’s recent solo and 50Foot Wave recordings. (Several songs here also appeared on Hersh’s last solo works, but these are superior versions.) I buy about 100 downloads a year, and listen to many more. This one still is by far my favourite. Expand