Friday, March 13, 2009

Album Review: The Bird and the Bee - Ray Guns are Not Just the Future

The second album from The Bird and the Bee, Los Angeles very own delightful dance duo, Ray Guns are Not Just the Future, will make you want to get up from your laptop and dance around the house.
The 17-track indie-dance pop album written by Inara George (the bird,) and Greg Kurstin (the bee,) is full of gentle and melodic hooks that sometimes even can be pulled off instrumental without lyrcis (the carnival-esque introduction, “Fanfare”).
Probably the key track is “My Love,” the story of undeniable, forbidden love that can’t be ignored. (“Hey boy wont you take me out tonight? I’m not afraid of all the reasons why we shouldn’t try,” George whispers.) The track is very reminiscent to Jem and Imogen Heap’s last effort Speak for Yourself, full of mystical dance beats and hard drums.
George sings almost in an aloof way with a touch of flirtiness to it. The lyrics are generally very flirty and fun, “I will love you on your birthday, I will love you better than them,” she sings on “Birthday.”
While the lyrics can stand on their own, the instrumental arrangements used are what shine the most on this album. Kurstin relies mostly on keyboards without making it sound tacky, something that can be easy to do. The drums are also something to note, almost sounding like the bass for the songs. You can just picture the drums blaring from a car with the windows down with everyone in the car dancing to the lively beats.

Rating: 4 and a half/5

(Picture courtesy of Amazon.com)

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