Sunny Border Blue

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Sunny Border Blue
Kristin Hersh - Sunny Border Blue - cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 12, 2001
RecordedApril-October 2000
StudioStable Sound, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
Label 4AD
Producer Kristin Hersh
Kristin Hersh chronology
Sky Motel
Sunny Border Blue
The Grotto

Sunny Border Blue is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh. The album peaked at #93 on the Official UK Albums Chart. [2] It also peaked at #50 on the US's Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart [3] and, #33 on the US's Billboard Top Independent Albums chart. [4]


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 81/100 [5]
Review scores
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Drowned in Sound 6/10 [6]
Entertainment Weekly (A-) [7]
Pitchfork 7.8/10 [8]
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Tiny Mix Tapes Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [10]

Sunny Border Blue was met with "universal acclaim" 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 81, based on 15 reviews. [5] Aggregator Album of the Year gave the release a 79 out of 100 based on a critical consensus of 7 reviews. [11]

Track listings

All tracks are written by Kristin Herse, unless noted.

1."Your Dirty Answer" 5:24
2."Spain" 3:54
3."37 Hours" 3:26
4."Silica" 4:23
5."William's Cut" 4:03
6."Summer Salt" 4:06
7."Trouble" Cat Stevens 3:25
8."Candyland" 4:02
9."Measure" 1:09
10."White Suckers" 4:25
11."Ruby" 4:05
12."Flipside" 3:57
13."Listerine" 4:46


Chart performance for Sunny Border Blue
Chart (2001)Peak
UK Independent Albums (OCC) [12] 12
UK Albums (OCC) [2] 93
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) [3] 50
US Independent Albums (Billboard) [4] 33

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