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What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood

Author: Michael Toland
04/27/2010 | Blurt | www.blurt-online.com | Album Review
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"