KRISTIN HERSH

Wy­att at the Coy­ote Palace ★★★ Om­nibus, 3 stars

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAYTON-LEA

Now used to com­bin­ing mu­sic with writ­ing, Kristin Hersh’s Wy­att

at the Coy­ote Palace (her third book/al­bum re­lease , af­ter 2010’s solo al­bum Crooked and 2013’s Throw­ing Muses al­bum

Pur­ga­tory/Par­adise) is a stream­lined paper­back-sized pack­age that fea­tures short sto­ries/es­says about each of the 2CD’s 24 songs. Named af­ter her autistic son’s ex­plo­ration of a derelict apart­ment build­ing next to Hersh’s stu­dio, the songs are of­ten beau­ti­ful (as you’d ex­pect) but with two dozen of them, there are bound to be nig­gling, weak ar­eas. In truth, the mainly acous­tic treat­ments might, in­evitably, have been best served across a sin­gle al­bum. The sto­ries/es­says, mean­while, fuse song lyrics with tales of her son’s wan­der­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions – the re­sult is per­sonal, ten­der and up­set­ting in equal mea­sure. kristin­hersh.com

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