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Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of... by Andrew Bird
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8/10 Mike 19 June 2014
On this album, Andrew Bird plays the songs of the Handsome Family, expanding them to a five-piece ensemble with great taste and restraint. It's pretty much as you'd expect it to be really, which makes my life difficult because what am I supposed to say about it? Bird has a beautiful voice, The Handsome Family write beautiful songs, it's a tried and tested formula and was unlikely not to work.   That's not to be dismissive though, of course. This is about as lovely a collection of country balladeering as you're likely to find - simple, refined and starkly emotional stuff whose sonic eloquence matches the subtle wordplay of the husband-and-wife duo's lyrics. To be honest I think some of these versions are superior to the originals and finally frame the songs in as rich-but-understated a light as they deserve, but I know that Handsome Family fans will be as aghast at that as I was when my dad told me he preferred Jennifer Warnes's Leonard Cohen covers to the originals.   My point is, it's really very, very pretty and if you're a fan of either Andrew Bird or the Handsome Family you'll probably love it.



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