Mynabirds – What We Lost in the Fire We Gained in the Flood

January 01, 1970

(Saddle Creek)


For all the so-called innovations, experimentation and
genrefucking that suffuse the indie rock world, there’s still nothing like a
good old-fashioned song. Laura Burhenn clearly understands this. Formerly half
of the duo Georgie James, the singer/keyboardist structures the Mynabirds
around her keenly crafted, straightforward tunes. Aided by
producer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift and a tastefully employed horn
section, Burhenn forgoes oddball arrangements or deliberately jarring
production tricks and just gets on with the business of performing ten soulful
pop songs.


Reflecting the 70s singer/songwriter tradition of margin
walkers like Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson or Allen Toussaint more than any trendy
influence on the American underground, “Wash It Out,” “Let the Record Go” and
“We Made a Mountain” stand as simply great songs with no need for genre justification
or a hip stamp of approval. What We Lost
in the Fire We Gained in the Flood
is a modestly presented but subtly
powerful flowering of a major talent.


Standout Tracks:
“What We Lost in the Fire,” “Wash It Out,” “Let the Record Go” MICHAEL TOLAND


Watch BLURT soon for
an exclusive interview with Laura Burhenn.


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