Throwing Muses (debut album) - 1986

The band's eponymous first album is a startling, uncompromising collection of musings from Hersh and Donelly. Songs like "Hate My Way," "Call Me," and "Vicky's Box" feature mercurial, dynamic and meter shifts. Hersh's guitar playing and voice are particularly dramatic; both swing from delicate melodicism to shrill atonality, especially on "Rabbits Dying" and "Delicate Cutters." Tanya Donelly contributes an ethereally beautiful love song in "Green."

While this is not the most accessible album in the Muses' repertoire, it is an emotionally powerful and genuine one.

Heather Phares in All Music Guide to Rock (1995)

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