London WC2 Sound Republic
Like most things, music generally begins at home....
LIKE MOST THINGS, MUSIC generally begins at home. But while some mothers privately sing their offspring to sleep, ex-Throwing Muse Kristin Hersh feels it necessary to share all this with us, via childhood-taught Appalachian folk songs that are now loved by her own children.
On that level, the simple, acoustic tracks would be sweetly personal in their unpolished naivety. But their twee nursery-rhyme qualities just seem slightly annoying to anyone who’s not scared to sleep with the light off; too ridiculously hillbilly to take seriously. Even faintly disturbing that we’ve been given the opportunity to hear it.
It’s like a fly-on-the-wall documentary that goes too far, making you a prying intruder. No-one wants to hear Kristin’s son singing childish backing vocals on ‘Mama’s Gonna Buy’ or pay attention when she croons her children to sleep in ‘Whole Heap’ because, frankly, it’s none of our business.
Private and poignant, this album shouldn’t exist for us but only the children it’s dedicated to. Some things, after all, are best left at home.