(Blue Note Records)
They may like Burt
Bacharach, but The Bird and The Bee certainly don’t sound like the godfather of
lounge-pop. Often perceived as a high-minded blend of psychedelic pop,
tropicalia, and all kinds of smooth, sexy â€˜60s swinging sounds-set to Lily
Allen’s beats (her producer is one half of this duo)-Ray Guns… is, in fact, no more spectacular than a middle of the
road dance-pop record.
Kylie meets Ladytron and “Barbie Girl” on the bouncy,
cloyingly catchy, perfect for a ring tone (yet ultimately ridiculous) “Love
Letter To Japan.” Handclaps bolster the laconically anthemic “My Love”, like a
â€˜tween Flaming Lips. For maybe a little bit better and worse, these are the two
most memorable tracks offered. Singer Inara George can costume up like Embeth
Davidtz in a Nancy Sinatra biopic, but her thin voice doesn’t set her apart
from a sea of sirens vying for a spot in the next iPod commercial.
“My Love” “Love Letter To Japan” ZACHARY BLOOM