Bird And The Bee – Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future

January 01, 1970

(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 ‘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
‘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.

Standout Tracks:
“My Love” “Love Letter To Japan” ZACHARY BLOOM

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