Hunkpapa (album)


UK edition CD cover
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 23, 1989
RecordedJune-October 1988
StudioFort Apache Studios, Cambridge, Massachusetts
GenreAlternative rock
Label4AD, Sire[1]
ProducerGary Smith[2]
Throwing Muses chronology
House Tornado
The Real Ramona
Singles from Hunkpapa
  1. "Dizzy"
    Released: February 13, 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauB-[4]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[1]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[6]

Hunkpapa is a studio album by Throwing Muses, released in 1989.[7][8] It peaked at number 59 on the UK Albums Chart.[9]

Critical reception

Trouser Press called the album "a chilly and dull record that could be by any number of contempo jangle-pop bands," and said that lead singer Kristin Hersh’s voice, "no longer possessing any strong character, is ineffectual and a bit strident at times."[10] The New York Times wrote that the band "have edged toward rock convention."[11] The Rolling Stone Album Guide praised the "stronger sense of groove."[5]

NME named it the 33rd best album of 1989.[12]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Kristin Hersh, except "Dragonhead" and "Angel" by Tanya Donelly.

1."Devil's Roof"3:39
4."No Parachutes"3:17
6."Say Goodbye"0:37
7."Fall Down"3:40
8."I'm Alive"2:49
11."The Burrow"1:20
CD edition bonus track
13."Santa Claus"3:47


Credits adapted from liner notes.

Throwing Muses

Additional musicians

  • Bernie Worrell – keyboards
  • Russ Gershon – tenor saxophone
  • Tom Halter – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Russell Jewell – trombone
  • Guy Yarden – violin

Technical personnel

  • Gary Smith – production
  • Steve Haigler – engineering
  • Matt Lane – engineering assistance
  • Phil Magnotti – engineering assistance
  • Greg Calbi – mastering


Chart Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 59


  1. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 8: MUZE. p. 168.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ a b MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 1149.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Hunkpapa - Throwing Muses". AllMusic. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Throwing Muses".
  5. ^ a b The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. pp. 707–708.
  6. ^ Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. pp. 410–411.
  7. ^ "Throwing Muses | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  8. ^ The Rough Guide to Rock (2nd ed.). Rough Guides Ltd. 1999. p. 1016.
  9. ^ a b "Throwing Muses". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Throwing Muses". Trouser Press. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  11. ^ Pareles, Jon (April 9, 1989). "Review/Rock; Rock, Unfettered, by Throwing Muses (Published 1989)". The New York Times.
  12. ^ "Albums And Tracks Of The Year: 1989". NME. October 10, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2018.

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