saki 027 - 2001
Welcome to The Handsome Family\'s fifth CD—a half-lit world of golden street lights, haunted parking lots, & invisible birds. In part, a farewell to Chicago where The Handsome Family have lived for the last twelve years. Recalls the near-darkness of night in the city where the flickering TVs & traffic lights hide the sky above. They write some of the most gripping songs in recent memory, with Rennie supplying the hypnotic lyrics and Brett the slightly quirky, classic country music. On their latest album, you hear guitar, banjo, piano, musical saw, accordion, Autoharp, and melodica as well as a mismatched array of mostly live cymbals and drums. Most combine beautiful, almost lilting melodies with lyrics that often paint modern fairy tales full of fright, despair, death, & alienation. While their trademarks are still intact, there is actually a glimmer of light in the darkness this time around. Perhaps the saddest song ever written, “Passenger Pigeons”, is now offset by songs with small rays of hope & happy nostalgia.