Martha Kristin Hersh is an American singer-songwriter, musician and author, known for her solo work and with her rock bands Throwing Muses and 50FootWave. She has released eleven solo albums. Her guitar work and composition style ranges from jaggedly dissonant to traditional folk. Hersh's lyrics have a stream-of-consciousness style, reflecting her personal experiences.
Hersh's vocal style ranges from softly melodic to impassioned screaming. She has an occasional vibrato that punctuates some of her more dramatic phrasing. Candid about her episodes of mental illness and despair, her songs cover a vast spectrum of topics, including childbirth (Hysterical Bending), love (Tar Kissers, Lavender), surreal vignettes (Delicate Cutters, Fish), death (Limbo), emotional anguish (The Letter), loss of custody of her first son (Candyland), and the shedding of a relationship's anxiety (Snake Oil).
Simon Reynolds in The New York Times pointed to Hersh's "mesmerizing" explorations of "rage, aggression and mental chaos" as evidence of female rock artists of the early 1990s pushing against gender role boundaries to express "more than simply vulnerability or defiance" in their work.
Ann Powers, also in the Times, wrote of Hersh's musical style: "Her plastic, sometimes obsessively circular song structures emphasize staggered rhythms and extreme dynamic shifts, and her voice, a carnal cry that pushes through her body gathering up air, lends her often oblique lyrics an oracular veneer."
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Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses (self released, 1985)
Throwing Muses - Untitled (4AD, 1986)
Throwing Muses - House Tornado (4AD/Sire Records, 1988)
Throwing Muses - Hunkpapa (4AD/Sire Records, 1989)
Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona (4AD/Warner Bros. Records, 1991)
Throwing Muses - Red Heaven (4AD/Warner Bros. Records, 1992)
Throwing Muses - University (4AD/Sire Records/Reprise Records, 1995)
Throwing Muses - Limbo (4AD/Rykodisc/Throwing Music, 1996)
Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses (4AD, 2003)
Throwing Muses - Purgatory / Paradise (Throwing Music, 2013)
50 Foot Wave
50 Foot Wave - Golden Ocean (Throwing Music, 2005)
Kristin Hersh - Hips and Makers (1994)
Kristin Hersh - Strange Angels (1998)
Kristin Hersh - Murder, Misery and Then Goodnight (1998)
Kristin Hersh - Sky Motel (1999)
Kristin Hersh - Sunny Border Blue (2001)
Kristin Hersh - The Grotto (2003)
Kristin Hersh - Learn to Sing Like a Star (2007)
Kristin Hersh - Speedbath (2008, under a Creative Commons License)
Kristin Hersh - Crooked (2010)
Kristin Hersh - Wyatt at the Coyote Palace (2016)
Kristin Hersh - Possible Dust Clouds (2018)