The Grotto (album)

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The Grotto
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 17, 2003
RecordedJune 2002
Genre Indie rock, folk
Label 4AD
Producer Kristin Hersh
Kristin Hersh chronology
Sunny Border Blue
The Grotto
Learn to Sing Like a Star

The Grotto is the sixth solo album released by Kristin Hersh. It was released on 17 March 2003 on 4AD records, simultaneously with the Throwing Muses (2003) record. It features Howe Gelb on piano and Andrew Bird on violin. Kristin Hersh produced the album as well as playing all other instruments. The album peaked at #39 on the US's Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart.


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 75/100 [1]
Review scores
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Entertainment Weekly A- [3]
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Pitchfork 8/10 [5]

The Grotto 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 75, based on 14 reviews. [1] Aggregator Album of the Year gave the release a 74 out of 100 based on a critical consensus of 5 reviews. [6]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Kristin Hersh.

1."Sno Cat"3:37
2."Deep Wilson"4:18
3."Snake Oil"3:53
4."Vanishing Twin"3:35
6."Silver Sun"5:32
7."Vitamins V"6:32
8."Arnica Montana"5:36
9."Milk Street"5:56

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