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Throughout her long career with Throwing Muses, 50 Ft. Wave and as a solo performer, Kristin Hersh has crafted a catalog that’s equal parts avant-garde and alternative pop. You can’t understand her quickly. She subverts pop conventions with subtle movements, using her stream-of-consciousness to engineer both lyrical and musical lines that translate as journeys into a surreal world with no real beginning, middle or end. Learn to Sing Like A Star, self-produced with engineers Trina Shoemaker and Steve Rizzo, and musically accompanied by Muses drummer David Marcizo and The McCarricks string section, is another punk-instigated burst of psychedelia. True to her conflicting nature, Hersh is too prickly for the sweet sun-dappled haze of her ‘60s influences and too elusive and contemplative for her punk roots. This leaves her in an intriguing musical no-man’s land. Is she the gravelly blues shouter of “Under the Gun?” The slightly caustic yet pastoral songwriter behind “Ice?” These stylistic jumps are accompanied by adventurous sonic touches, her guitars ranging from ruddy acoustics to haunting tremolo-ed electrics with the string orchestration deepening the drama throughout. Enjoyably weird.

Customer Reviews

This 'Star' Is Brilliant

On her first album since 2003’s The Grotto (50 Foot Wave aside), Kristin Hersh returns with what is perhaps her most accessible solo album yet. Her voice is one of the most distinguishable in the business and her unique songwriting is as sharp and engaging as ever. One notable standout (and there are many) is the track, ‘The Thin Man,’ which finds Hersh using a steady tempo of guitar and cello and the low thumping of drums as an intriguing backdrop to her incredible lyrics. The song itself is unlike anything else.

Dark and quirky as ever

Kristen Hersh is an acquired taste. One that I acquired back in the 90’s when she was fronting the band Throwing Muses. When I first saw Kristin live I was blown away by her intensity. It's difficult to translate that live intensity onto a studio recording but Learn to Sing Like a Star comes close. Her lyrics are as strong and dark and quirky as ever. Kristin can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned.

One of the only artists who can REALLY bring the 'grunge' element back...

All these newer artists who are trying to pull the 'grunge' and 80 and 90's rock music back in, cannot possibly succeed like Kristin Hersh and other rock musicians can. Grunge and old-school rock can never be as original as when it first came out. This album is one of the best of 2007! And this underappreciated rock musician returns with one of her best! Kristin is one of the best female musicians out there!


Born: August 7, 1966 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After the release of Throwing Muses' fifth album, Red Heaven, Kristin Hersh, the band's lead singer/songwriter, took a break from the group and issued her first solo album, the acoustic Hips and Makers, in early 1994. Thanks to the airplay the single "Your Ghost" -- a duet with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe -- received, the album sold more copies than any of the Muses' releases. Later that year, Hersh also released the Strings EP, which featured versions of selected songs from the album recorded with a...
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