Bird & the Bees Explicit Lyrics
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Already named one of '10 bands on the horizon in 2007' by the Los Angeles Times the press reaction to The Bird and The Bee has been extraordinary with early confirmed feature coverage including LA Times. Inara George and Greg Kurstin, alias The Bird and The Bee, are an army of two. They listen to everything, and answer to no one. Over the course of 3 years, they whiled away scattered afternoons in Greg's home studio in Echo Park, sequestered in a little world of their own making, creating sunshine-drenched, semippsychedelic ditties. Made up of vocalist Inara George, who has been aptly referred to as 'a modem day Audrey Hepburn with the voice of an angel,' and keyboardist/producer Greg Kurstin, who has lent his talents to records by Beck, The Flaming Lips, Lily Allen, Peaches, and many more, The Bird and The Bee take elements of everything from the Beach Boys to 60's Brazil to electronica, spinning them into this irrepressible collection of then sunshine-drenched, semi-psychedelic ditties.
As intoxicating as a Brazilian breeze and ironic as a David Lynch night in L.A., the Los Angeles duo the Bird and the Bee make a soothingly hip, deliriously cool blend of pop. Inara George is a breathy singer who channels Astrud Gilberto via Julee Cruise. Although still little known, she's the daughter of the late Lowell George of Little Feat, and she already has recordings out with a couple of other bands. Keyboardist and producer Greg Kurstin has worked with Beck and the Flaming Lips, among many others, and the duo share a passion for that brand of art pop along with the more whimsical indie strains of Le Tigre. The album is overflowing with references from '60s pop harpsichords to girl-group choruses. You half expect Lesley Gore to come out singing harmony on "I'm a Broken Heart," an homage to "It's My Party." A jazz aficionado, Kurstin has put all kinds of jazzbo touches in here, including some unlikely chord changes and tropicalia moods. Only "F*cking Boyfriend," with that phrase chanted in the chorus, seems artlessly out of place on an album that revels in sly innuendo and emotional ambiguity. --John Diliberto
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The voice of Inara George is one of the highlights of the album. She comes across as charming and sultry. I looked her up on the internet and, sure enough, she looks the part. My lady friend says she reminds her of Chan Marshall. Hmmmm. Well, the voice is somewhat similar but the styles and content are much different. I really enjoy listening to her, but there's a certain limited range and sameness from song to song and it gets a bit tiresome listening to a whole album without a break. That's a weak criticism, I suppose. I'd say the songs are great but might benefit by being intermixed with other music. Another mild criticism I have has to do with some of the lyrics. "F*cking Boyfriend," in particular comes to mind. I have nothing against such songs, but I find myself having to be careful of playing the disc before certain people.
Kurstin wraps the irony-filled vocals with keyboard lines and rhythmic beats. Altogether, the music is rather simple, but it shimmers and shakes. The album is very original, refreshing and listenable, over and over. It's a charming and delightful CD, but I'd give it only four stars because of the listed problems.
Just when I was done marveling at the melody in that signature track, I was amazed again (& again) by Inara's vocal harmonies in the chorus of "My Fair Lady." It made me think of some kind of twinkling singing fairies in a 70's Disney picture, without the annoying smarmy aftertaste.
It's like Freezepop, only more mature.
It's like Stereolab, only more personal.
It's like Dot Allison, only more substantial.
It's like a breath of fresh air that someone is finally producing really good music so I can start buying CDs again. Bravo The Bird & The Bee!
I discovered the Bird and Bee at work. Reebok International has a music mode system, one of them entitled "Metro Blend". One morning I heard this mind blowing song mixing exotic, haunting music with kooky exceptional lyrics. The song was "Lalala". I ran into the office to see who the band was that performed the song. That evening, I ordered their Cd on Amazon, and I haven't stopped listening to it since. Every song is a gem. Inara and Greg have a way of taking their tunes right to the edge without going over the line into schmaltz or boredom. The Bird and Bee combine Pop, Rock, Techno and Jazz into most of their songs as well as quirky, unforgettable lyrics. I recommend their album highly. You won't be sorry, I promise you.
...this isn't very critical but I hope it encourages you to give it a try! And if you've got a chance to catch them live Don't Miss Out!