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In The Air

The Handsome Family Audio CD
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Enter the dark forest of The Handsome Family and let the beautiful branches surround you. This is haunting music in the most wonderful way— brilliant, emotionally-charged and totally unique.

The Handsome Family is a 20-year songwriting collaboration between husband and wife, Brett (music) and Rennie Sparks (words). Their lyrics and music are very intense, highly descriptive and ... Read more in Amazon's The Handsome Family Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00004RDHK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Be Scared
2. The Sad Milkman
3. In the Air
4. A Beautiful Thing
5. So Much Wine
6. Up Falling Rock Hill
7. Poor, Poor Lenore
8. When That Helicopter Comes
9. Grandmother Waits for You
10. Lie Down
11. My Beautiful Bride

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2000 release, the fifth full-length from the Alt-Country/Americana outfit. The Handsome Family were formed in 1993 by husband and wife duo Brett Sparks and Rennie Sparks along with drummer Mike Werner. The band, born and bred in Chicago before migrating to Albuquerque, play a unique blend of traditional Country, Bluegrass, and murder ballads. Rennie's lyrics have a strong storytelling component, drawing on themes from Gothic fiction, as well as American folk music, and often involving macabre subjects as murders, suicides and ghosts. The album features musical assistance from Andrew Bird and Darrel Sparks.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful 11 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This has to be one of the most enjoyable albums that I've heard in quite a long time; that could apply to all of the Handosme Family albums when I think about it. In the Air is crammed full with delightful lyrics, courtesy of Rennie, that encompass the fullest range and extremes of human emotion all with a grandness and devotion to drama that is most infectious. The melodies and instrumentation are also a delight. This is all then accompanied by the joy that is found in Brett's voice; it's a cracker. Full bodied, rich, deep, strong and resolute one moment then delicate and frail the next. Quite an asset for a duo already full of talent and sincerity, as well as romance and humour, to have. That last description has to be key too; romance and humour. The Handsome family have an angle on romance that is very traditional and yet modern too. For them romance is to be found every where from the everyday and mundane to the exceptional and the fantastic and this sense of romance is usually accompanied by an extremely endearing sense of humour that allows the two to see their world (and ours) as somewhere that fun and happiness can sway along in harmony with the dark and sadness whilst always wearing a smile. Give it a go, go on.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to Shudder To 15 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'Through The Trees' should have warned us. Branches rustled without a breath of wind: song-birds fell silent and strange black clouds darkened the sun: A chill runs through your room but there is nowhere to crawl that does not suddenly appear shrouded in melancholy. Still, it could all have been an aberation. Maybe just a fluke coming together of two currents that for the brief duration of 13 unspeakeably beautiful, haunting songs, created something quite unique and terrible. However, 'In the Air'is like waking from the dream to find you are still dreaming. Heavens, the back cover of the CD case should have been sufficient warning to us alone! People, think carefully before buying these new songs. How much do you value your view of the world? I met Rennie Sparks a while back after their gig in Edinburgh and asked her what happens to Poor Lenore (track 7) after the song. Lenore has been carried to the top of a dead tree (where the heartbroken go) by crows. This mattered to me. At first Rennie denied knowing the end of the story. Then, possibly picking up a desperate look in my eyes, took hold of my hand and said, 'Well, yes, maybe in the end she does get down from that tree'. This, and a set that had the audience shuddering and laughing in equal measure, was so intoxicating that I floated from the theatre. For a few hours, I was fooled. A few hours remembering the tender way she cradled her autoharp, before seeing one of those poor blackbirds, singing its heart out under the orange glow of a street light shook me back to the reality of the Handsomes lyrical word. Lenore doesn't make it down from that tree. She's there still; at least her ghost is, waiting to sing her sorrowful story to any traveller accidentally wandering down that damp, dark pathway. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine Handsomes album 13 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
In my continuing exercise to rate all the Handsome's studio releases, their fourth album, 2001's In The Air is next up. So far I have given Odessa 4 stars, Milk and Scissors 4 stars and Through The Trees 5 stars.

Through The Trees is not only the Handsome's best album, it is one of the finest albums I've ever heard, so it is a difficult act to follow. So the fact that In The Air falls a bit short is no disgrace because, in my view, precious few albums by anyone have come close to Through The Trees this millennium.

In The Air is fairly similar in style to it's predecessor with its mix of Americana, Country, Bluegrass and Pop and is the album where The Handsome Family cemented their signature sound first laid down on Through The Trees after their more rock infused first couple of albums. It takes a while to get going but when it does with the fourth track, the lovely, string laden A Beautiful Thing, it doesn't let up and reaches another peak with track 11, Lie Down which features wonderful dual guitar work by Brett Sparks. In The Air is a very fine album indeed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't 'get' this you're no music fan! 9 Dec 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I've never heard any other songs that are as wonderfully bitter and twisted as these absolute gems from these two EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED musicians... these songs bring utter joy to me, even though most of them are about lifes losses and regrets.
What I adore about HF is their complete originality... I mean, who else sings about being scared to cross the bridge to see their lover? Who else creates deserts of melancholy merely by singing about the bottom of a wine glass?
Admittedly, to understand the music of HF you do need to be very broad-minded musically - I play this to many people just for the hell of it and yes, most of them don't get it... the ones that do I normally find are the people that are more adventurous and open-minded about their music choices and do not pre-judge it. I now have every album by these two wonderful people and HF now rate as my favourite groups of the last 10 years (matched only by the sheer brilliance of Belle & Sebastian of course!!).
Yes, we all have our opinions and I respect that - HF aren't everyone's cup of tea, but for me the world is a much better place since I fell in love with the Handsome Family!
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