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In The Air

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Don't Be Scared
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The Sad Milkman
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In The Air
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A Beautiful Thing
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So Much Wine
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Up Falling Rock Hill
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Poor, Poor Lenore
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When That Helicopter Comes
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Grandmother Waits for You
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Lie Down
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My Beautiful Bride
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 37:02

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Matthew Fritch spent more than a decade as senior editor of the Philadelphia-based magazine MAGNET, where he wrote about wildly unpopular indie rock bands and r...more »

04.22.11
Highly literate alt-country that balances ghost stories and life-affirming lullabies.
2000 | Label: Carrot Top Records / Virtual

An alt-country act that Edgar Allan Poe, Edward Gorey and Edward Scissorhands might agree on, the Handsome Family enthusiastically embraces country music's tradition of murder ballads and Appalachian folk oddities. Husband-and-wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks continue to sound spooky and smart on their fourth album, which contains macabre fairy tales concerning a girl falling in love with a gravedigger's son ("Poor, Poor Lenore") and the crime of a knife-wielding groom ("My Beautiful Bride"). But… read more »

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I love this album

Joseph93

Simply put, this is one of my favorite albums all-time. So beautiful, haunting -- all the things that make the handsome family the handsome family.

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My favorite HF album

mdc

I love this band, and this is my favorite of theirs. "The Sad Milkman" is the only track I could do without. Andrew Bird plays violin on a few songs here, and has beautifully covered the first track live and on record. Jeff Tweedy sings on here, too.

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If their last album, Through the Trees, came to us from the darkness at the bottom of a well (or a liquor bottle), In the Air is the sound of the Handsome Family after they made it out of the depths and up onto the grass — and are now adjusting to a less desperate life. Not to say that it’s sunny. Lyricist Rennie Sparks still presents us with dark and bloody tragedies, as well as whimsical fairytales about lonely, but hopeful figures. The difference between In the Air and the Handsome Family’s last album seems to be the presence of a calm (as opposed to disturbed restraint) and a certain warmth pervading this album. Brett Sparks’ vocal delivery comes across as more relaxed and natural and in lieu of the occasional, creepy vocal effects used on the last album. The colorful, sad, and disturbed scenes are often delivered with a country flavor and a folk instrumentation, and include songs that are the rightful offspring of Appalachian murder ballads, such as “My Beautiful Bride” and “Up Falling Rock Hill,” and southern hymns (“Never Grow Old”). The Handsome Family’s songs are imbued with a tender romanticism and love of the fantastic — and of a world that, for all it’s real twists and sadness, still holds moments of childlike wonder and magical possibilities.
In the Air was recorded, as were their three previous albums, in the Handsome Family living room, this time with live percussion (provided by Brett) instead of a drum machine. Also heard are guest musicians Darrell Sparks, who sings backup and plays guitar on two songs, and violinist Andrew Bird (formerly of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, leader of his own roots music-based band) who contributes to “Poor, Poor Lenore,” “Up Falling Rock Hill,” and “When That Helicopter Comes,” a hellfire and brimstone, foot-stomping number with a sparse, bluegrass delivery: “It’s gonna rain champagne/and the hills are gonna dance… The sky will swim in lightning fire and the trees will shake and scream.” – Joslyn Layne

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