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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 (20 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loose Music
  • ASIN: B00BR0F6F6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Flies 3:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Frogs 4:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Eels 4:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Octopus 3:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Owls 3:590.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Caterpillars 4:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Glow Worm 5:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lizard 5:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Woodpecker 4:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gulls 4:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Spider 3:540.89  Buy MP3 
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The upcoming album from husband and wife songwriting duo Brett and Rennie Sparks follows 2009's Honey Moon, praised by Pitchfork for 'Rennie's skillful threading of words into images and Brett's sensitive translation of words on a page into vocals.' Wild animals, tall tales, and dark stories from American history populate the lyrics of Wilderness. Appalachian holler, psychedelic rock, tin pan alley, and medieval music continue to inform The Handsome Family's unique brand of Americana, while their affinity for old-tyme ballads and clawhammer banjo has never sounded so seamlessly connected to their use of samples, loops, and sonic effects. Wilderness has a great deal of musical variety: pop, classic rock, countrypolitan, bossa nova, and prog rock appear on the album along with parlour ballads, cajun tunes and hymns. LP comes with digital download code.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Tales 24 May 2013
Format:Audio CD
The Handsomes' continue their "happy" journey though the wilderness with this album, more tales of the shimmering mists and dim caves. Oddly this sounds like olde English Folk, rather than Americana in a lot of places. A great selection of songs and Rennies lyrics are again very well observed, humorous and timelessly old fashioned.

Stand out songs for me the jolly "Woodpecker" alluding to Mary Sweeney who I first heard about in the book/movie Wisconsin Death Trip and the great sea-shanty-documentry, about the strange powers of the Octopus ("...thats why I try and stay away from sea-shore holidays"). Glow-worm sees Brett once again (Bottomless Hole style) descending into the unknown, albeit with a bigger budget this time. A Jules Verne style highlight of another great album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to par - merely brilliant 13 July 2013
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Hugely enjoyable wih many memorable tracks, and with a consistency of quality that was occasionally lacking in some earlier albums, this is a welcome addition to their work. Having said that, again unlike some of their earlier work there aren't any real "stand-out" tracks. If you're a fan you'll love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Up to their usual standard 20 July 2013
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I was disappointed initially with Wilderness as it sounded very much like other HF albums with no stand out tracks and it seemed as though the HF were going through the motions. However, after repeated listenings I have grown to like it very much.The lyrics are excellent, with each song having an animal theme but are often about the weird and quirky behaviour of humans- one song, for example, being about a woman who went round smashing windows. Catch the HF live if you can- their on stage banter is very funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The quirky family are back! 15 Jun 2014
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I would recommend this to anyone who likes their music on the strange side! Like many, I came across The Handsome Family after their success with the True Detective music. I have since seen them live and explored other albums. I love it, although it is nothing lke my usual taste in music, as I'm not a huge country fan. Give it a try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but genius too. 8 Aug 2013
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Another beauty from the Harlins. More quirky than usual but all the trademarks of this exceptional duo are there, the great craftsmanship allied to sly humour. If you like this band and don't already have it buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition 31 July 2013
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While it is always going to be difficult to top such greats as Through the Trees and In the Air, this is still a great addition to the family's canon. I saw them in concert in Hammersmith and Brett had a great rapport with the audience. If you like slightly off kilter Americana, you'll love this. In my opinion they round off the big three in the same company as Lambchop and Willard Grant Conspiracy - enjoy.
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