Boomkat Product Review:
I still remember hearing Throwing Muses for the first time, and somehow even fifteen years later the band sound just as beguiling as they did back then. ‘Anthology’ is not a greatest hits collection and neither does it compile the entire recorded history of the band, instead it offers a place to start for interested new fans and a handful of rarities for the initiates. The meat of the collection comes from the band’s fruitful late-80s output, and while the tracks come from all over the shop there’s a real sense of coherence to the flow. It sounds like whoever hand picked these tracks really felt something for Kristin Hersh’s half-dreamed visions, and rather than the jump-cut annoyance of most compilations there’s a sense that these songs really fit together. Sure things start to get a little spotty when we move onto the B-Sides, but that’s pretty much par for the course at this point. Throwing Muses are now twenty five years old, and their music still sounds expressive and important, and still sounds totally alien. It’s not quite punk and not quite indie rock – these are songs born from the ever so slightly fractured mind of Kristin Hersh, and they still sound just as strange and just as hauntingly beautiful today. If you’ve never managed to find the time in your life to get with Throwing Muses, this record might just kick off a new obsession. Essential stuff.