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What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood

Author: Chad Grischow
04/30/2010 | | | Album Review
Take the sultry piano songstress sounds of Fiona Apple's Tidal, throw it in a time machine set for the mid-sixties, and The Mynabirds' sparkling debut would be the result. The combination of jazzy piano and soulful horns turn this sexy old-school pop album into must-own fare. From the smoke-filled, martini-fuelled seduction of piano ballad "Give It Time" on through the country-kissed lap-steel of "Good Heart," The Mynabirds set the mood wonderfully.

As good as the ballads—like the loose, sock-hop-ready "Ways Of Looking"—are, they are just as brilliant on the energetic, freewheeling stomp of "Wash It Out." The pouty strut of "Numbers Don't Lie" stands out with its hint of classic soul to the gorgeous vocals. The waltzing piano and wavering vocals of "We Made A Mountain" give it a classic country vibe driven home by the punchy horns. The up-tempo kick, with the pulsating piano jumping along with the bass line, gives the manic "Let The Record Go" a sharper edge that works well. What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood sounds as if it could have just been pulled from a fifty year-old time capsule as the best classic pop album you never heard.


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