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Honey Moon

31 Jan 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Loose Music
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 Carrot Top licensed to Loose Music
  • Total Length: 48:11
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,973 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 19 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Handsome Family's (aka Brett & Rennie Sparks) eighth album `Honey Moon' is a collection of love songs "featuring tales of intimate insects and lovers kissing in wet caves", released to mark their 20th wedding anniversary. Maintaining the gothic Americana Family template of previous albums, `Honey Moon' blends the baroque with spectral, old-time country atmospherics and shades of bluegrass and ragtime. The cinematic gloominess and image-rich romanticism make The Handsome Family as much an heir to Nick Cave's `Murder Ballads' as to the current crop of alt-country/folk revivalists, but the banjo and steel guitar keep this sonically rooted in US music traditions.

"I am the puddles in the street waiting for your falling leaves. Wind your vines around me, drop your branches in my path", croons Brett Sparks with his chesty baritone on opener `Linger, Let Me Linger', a baroque, cello-led waltz. His rendering of images ("Hearts drawn on a dusty window pane / A love note lying in the road / a car circling round a darkened street / a woman crying on the phone") could have been taken at random from a collection of William Eggleston photographs. Not so much tongue-in-cheek as slightly flat footed in its insistence in imbuing the everyday with a poetic charge, it's nevertheless beguiling, sensual stuff, with some lovely low-end guitar work. Texturally `Little Sparrows' is a real contrast, replacing the autumnal strings of the opener with jaunty country: all noodly steel-pedal twang, scorched asphalt and chrome. Listen carefully, though, and you will hear Brett imagining himself as Jonah, giving himself up to the whale, alongside ruminations on "paper cups blowing down the street" and "ants winding through the tangled weeds".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'd never heard, or heard of, The Handsome Family
until this delectable confection dropped into my lap.
(My continuing musical education often depends on
the kindness of others and on this occasion I am
endebted to Wilhemina the water vole for suggesting
that I give it a go). I'm hugely happy that I did!

You will doubtless already know that the band is,
substantially, a husband and wife collaboration of
many years standing. Their debut album 'Odessa'
saw the light of day as long ago as 1995.

Mr and Mrs Sparks (Brett and Rennie) together
create a quirky and whimsical world of sound.
Mrs writes most of the words and Mr the tunes.

'Honey Moon' is a perfect union of warm wit and style.

Sometimes the proceedings are light as a feather
and very, very funny. The surreally silly
'The Lonliness Of Magnets' is a strong case in point.

At others a gentle pathos envelops our senses.
The delightful 'June Bugs' is as much a lesson in
natural history as it is a left-of-centre love song:
"I wanna kiss you in thickets and dripping wet glades...."
- how could a girl refuse after a chat-up line like that?!

Things can get a little dark and spooky too.
'My Friend' may or may not be a ghost story.
The ambiguous narrative leaves the question unanswered.

The melodies are all strong. The words powerfully evocative.
Mr Sparks has a rich baritone voice which suits the slippery
formula perfectly well. Mrs Sparks lays down a tidy harmony
here and there too. Together they make a gentle kind of magic.

If the lilting country ballad 'When You Whispered'
doesn't melt your heart even just a little then I will
forgo rabbit pie for a month as penance for having
suggested that you listen to it in the first place!

Simply Delightful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Bryant on 5 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
Brett and Rennie Sparks are a couple of genius song writers; lately out of Albuquergue by way of Texas, New York and Chicago. Unfortunately the obvious name 'Sparks' was already taken by the 80's electro-pop duo so they became the Handsome Family. It's not quite accurate to say that they are under rated, because just about everyone who comes across them rates them very highly, just criminally overlooked. I won't be around in 100 years, but I bet their songs will be. I don't have any Grandchildren yet but when I do, I'm going to tell them to ask their kids to check it out for me. Think of that curio from your maiden aunt that you've always liked but never-the-less is gathering a bit of dust on that top shelf and then you take it down to get evaluated at Antiques Roadshow and you discover it is a Rodin maquette. You know the feeling. That's the Handsome Family. Enter their world; a bit different but a focused, colourful lens to view ours. Their new disc continues the tradition they have established of building a wonderful new world - story by story, song by song. They built this city on American Gothic Alt-Country. And they are very funny, too.
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