ARTIST: Throwing Muses
TITLE: House Tornado
YEAR RELEASED: 1988
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Saving Grace, The River
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Kristin Hersh, Tanya Donnelly, Leslie Langston, David Narcizo
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second 4AD release by the band is fuzzy and unfocused, and suffers from ‘songs sound the same’ syndrome..
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After a fairly acclaimed debut (not streaming) and two EPs (also not streaming), the second release by Throwing Muses seems to suffer from several maladies.
There doesn’t seem to be energy, the songs sound the same, the production is muddy, and the songs don’t have pops or energy. Maybe it’s just me, but I tried and tried but couldn’t get into it. It just seems like it’s there, and doesn’t spur one to keep listening.
Of the entire TM catalog, this may be one to skip.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was the first record on Sire (it was on 4AD elsewhere).
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The 4AD version has an EP appended.
GRADE C: It’s just boring, and alt-rock at that time shouldn’t be boring. The production probably has something to do with this, too. EXILED.