Singing Bones - The Handsome Family
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  • Summary: The husband and wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks return with their sixth CD of dark, country-tinged folk-rock.
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  1. 90
    A beautiful record. [Nov 2003, p.122]
  2. The grim mood and countrified sound of Singing Bones doesn't differ dramatically from the past few Handsome Family albums.
  3. 80
    A formidable, spooky album you can lose--or perhaps find--yourself in. [#61, p.97]
  4. This most recalls their masterful Through The Trees, only with pedal steel, banjo, bowed saw and some of their best harmony vocals yet. [Oct 2003, p.104]
  5. 80
    A ghosts' convention set to music. [Nov 2003, p.130]
  6. Brett's arrangements are usually dead-on, emphasizing the acoustic guitar and vocals while accenting with an organ or singing saw. [#5, p.113]
  7. This is the band's most beautiful record, an expertly arranged blend of their acoustic old school country augmented by pedal steel guitar and bowed saws and sometimes colored by elements of mariachi, gospel, and rural folk.

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  1. Mar 19, 2014
    8
    True Detective! Quite a fascinating album that - as stated in the summary - blends all styles of country/folk with a laconic, yet hypnotic feel. Not always enjoyable, but always intriguing. Expand