The Grotto - Kristin Hersh
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  • Summary: Hersh's sixth solo album finds the Throwing Muses founder working with Howe Gelb (Giant Sand).
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  1. 100
    It is simple, winding, hypnotic and beautiful, and it makes being human bearable for a while -- without in any way detracting from its essential tragedy.
  2. There's something in Hersh's hushed, otherworldly hymns about dysfunction and off-center mental states that's deeply unsettling--in all the right ways. [14 Mar 2003, p.67]
  3. The Grotto is a deeply meditative, ambient recording that manages to seem more spare than 1999's Strange Angels, harking all the way back to Hips and Makers.
  4. An exquisite addition to the canon. [Apr 2003, p.104]
  5. The Grotto isn't the type of record that will win Hersh many new admirers, but it will send longtime fans into fits of ecstasy.
  6. 70
    Its 10 minimalist songs mine a vein of laconic broodiness. [Apr 2003, p.110]
  7. It doesn't take long for her aimless acoustic picking and postgraduate lyrical poetry to dissipate into a dull gray haze.

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