Last Days Of Wonder - The Handsome Family
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  • Summary: This is the first release in three years for the husband-and-wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. At her best--which must not come easy, or they'd release more and more consistent albums--Rennie Sparks is a great American realist.
  2. 90
    An unqualified triumph. [Jun 2006, p.122]
  3. Songs of weirdness and wonder, set in a half wild, half urban, entirely mysterious place where trees that grow in small squares of dirt hide man-eating boars.
  4. If the lyrics weren’t so surreal, you could imagine yourself dining with George and Tammy before a Grand Ole Opry performance.
  5. Transcend[s] the alt-country tag. [Aug 2006, p.206]
  6. What's new is the sense of glory that pervades the madness. [Aug 2006, p.94]
  7. It's easy enough to listen to the album as a whole, but roughly a third of the songs are clunkers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. EricS
    Jul 11, 2006
    10
    Their best album yet! Rennie Sparks has a wonderfully skewed take on modern life.
  2. MattL
    Jun 11, 2007
    10
    A truly amazing piece of Americana. One of the best albums to come out in years with wonderfully wacky lyrics and beautiful vocalization via Brett Sparks. It doesn't get much better than this! Expand
  3. CarlB
    Jul 31, 2007
    10
    This album is a classic, cold surreal lyrics dilivered with warmth and wit. Before this album, I hated anything country, after I am a true convert. Roll out the back catalogue...... Expand
  4. LouisC
    Jul 1, 2006
    0
    Homely Family more like it. If you take the meticulous calculations combined with the philosophical reverberations, what you get is a little like homeostatic observations. Expand