Counting Backwards :: Throwing Muses
from the album, The Real Ramona

Counting Backwards is a song by Throwing Muses, released on the album The Real Ramona, in 1991.

The Real Ramona is an album by Throwing Muses. Released in 1991, it was the last album recorded by the band before the departure of founding member Tanya Donelly.

The album marked the end of a time for the band, and a transition into a new one. The band’s two heavyweights, Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly, had been the anchor holding the entire group down. After this album, Donelly left and formed Belly, taking the bassist on this album, Fred Abong, along with her. Hence, the album can be seen as an epitaph to the early days of the band.

The Throwing Muses’ sound is hard to describe, and this record is especially difficult. Despite having the hallmarks of their unfamiliar song structures and Hersh’s voice, The Real Ramona’s sound has been considered as quite poppy. Though this album was the last to feature Donelly, it carried many of her signature sounds. While she only wrote two songs for this album, the Muses had a jumpier, poppier sound that Donelly kept with her when she moved to Belly.

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