KRISTIN HERSH Released Her Reflective Debut Solo Album ‘HIPS AND MAKERS’ 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

23 January 2019

Artist: KRISTIN HERSH

Album: HIPS AND MAKERS – first solo LP

Released: 24 January 1994 – 25 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Kristin Hersh dug into her backlog of compositions for material of an intensely personal nature that she felt wouldn’t be suitable for her band on her solo debut,
‘Hips and Makers.’ In stark contrast to her work with Throwing Muses, ‘Hips and Makers’ is almost entirely acoustic. She embellishes her waifish voice and acoustic guitar with touches
of cello and piano on this album, which offers a despairing and introspective tone that fails
to submerge her considerable inner strength and fortitude. Recorded in a mere two weeks, this collection of haunting and confessional songs was produced by ex-Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, who has also produced Suzanne Vega. Hersh’s voice and lyrical tone, however, are considerably more brittle and coarser than Vega’s. The opening track, “Your Ghost,” features a duet with R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe.”
– Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Personal, stripped to the bone reflections wrapped in delicate, forthright and human songs. Stirring voice, entrancing guitar play, intriguing musings.

Three Top Tracks: Ghost / A Loon / Teeth

GHOST

A LOON

TEETH

HIPS AND MAKERS in full…

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(photo: FB Kristin Hersh)

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