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ONE WAY Recommends [Issue #21]
The Handsome Family
By Ken Micallef

Last Days Of Wonder (CD Carrot Top)


Herald lyrics of death, fire, and Appalachian inbreeding: “We tied [the captain] to a tree / We stared into the fire and tried not to hear his screams.” Smart indie rock lovers will rapidly know that these could only be the twisted commentaries of Albuquerque’s husband and wife musical team, The Handsome Family. Though thoughtfully plucked banjos and acoustic guitars, and the ghost of the Hank Williams, Brett and Rennie Sparks create “love songs” about “airports, garbage dumps, drive-thru windows, and shark-infested waters” (as the liner notes explain). If the lyrics weren’t so fantastic, you could envision yourself dining with June Carter and Johnny Cash before an early ‘60s Grand Ole Opry performance, but the duo’s endless absurdist imagery derails any chance of friendly feelings. Brett’s deep baritone is gentle, even when singing, “Nicola Tesla dreamed of a death ray to disintegrate matter” or “shopping carts of garbage overturn in silver ponds.” By linking the typically romanticized past to the dreadful present, The Handsome Family’s seventh album casts a messy life somewhere between Boris Karloff and Porter Wagoner, and the jokes only get better.

The Handsome Family Last Days Of Wonder


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