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. Her voice, raspy and harsh against the gently ringing acoustic guitar, makes you expect a gloomy, even maudlin disc. But that can distract from what makes it great: its ambiguity, the way she expresses herself in such strangely personal terms yet never settles on an emotional tone.
  4. 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.
  5. 70
    Its 10 minimalist songs mine a vein of laconic broodiness. [Apr 2003, p.110]
  6. An exquisite addition to the canon. [Apr 2003, p.104]
  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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