Learn to Sing Like a Star

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Learn to Sing Like a Star
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 23, 2007
Recorded2006
StudioStable Sound Studio, Portsmouth, Rhode Island [1]
Genre
Length41:20
Label 4AD, Yep Roc Records
Producer Kristin Hersh
Kristin Hersh chronology
The Grotto
(2003)
Learn to Sing Like a Star
(2007)
Cats and Mice
(2010)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 74/100 [2]
Review scores
SourceRating
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The Austin Chronicle Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [3]
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Pitchfork 6.2/10 [5]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [6]
Slant Magazine Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]

Learn to Sing Like a Star is Kristin Hersh's seventh solo album and was released in the US on Yep Roc Records on the 23 January 2007 and on 4AD for the rest of the world on the 29 January. The album was produced by Kristin herself and mixed in Nashville by two-time Grammy winner Trina Shoemaker. It features her Throwing Muses bandmate David Narcizo on drums and with strings by the McCarricks. The album peaked at #27 on the US's Billboard Top Heatseekers Album Chart.

Contents

Touring

In early 2007 Hersh toured throughout Europe and the US to promote the album, first solo in a series of instore performances and then with her 50 Foot Wave band mates Bernard Georges and Rob Ahlers as well as The McCarricks. In October 2007 she will do a short tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Critical reception

Learn to Sing Like a Star was met with "generally favorable reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, this release received an average score of 74, based on 20 reviews. [2] Aggregator Album of the Year gave the release a 75 out of 100 based on a critical consensus of 9 reviews. [8]

Shawn Badgley of The Austin Chronicle said the album "has thehe full Hersh experience, encompassing as it does all of her back-catalog iterations, from the knife-throwing thrills of the Throwing Muses' precise power pop to the cutting melancholia of her Hips and Makers-era balladry. With help from Dave Narcizo on drums and Martin and Kimberlee McCarrick on cello and violin, Hersh handles everything else." [3]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Kristin Hersh.

No.TitleLength
1."In Shock"4:12
2."Nerve Endings"3:35
3."Day Glow"3:56
4."Christian Hearse"0:29
5."Ice"3:16
6."Under the Gun"3:10
7."Piano 1"1:43
8."Sugarbaby"3:10
9."Peggy Lee"3:15
10."Piano 2"0:47
11."Vertigo"3:59
12."Winter"2:33
13."Wild Vanilla"2:58
14."The Thin Man"4:17

Personnel

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