Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Handsome Family Makes The Cut With Uncut

It's safe to say that Albuquerque's Brett and Rennie Sparks, aka The Handsome Family, have never really embraced the love song. Death, disease, madness? Sure. But the idea of country's darkest duo falling into the tender trap seems way outside their remit. Yet that's exactly what they've now done, partly to mark their 20th anniversary and partly due to a particular luminous epiphany that Rennie had while listening to The Platters on a mountain range in New Zealand. That said, there may be no corpses or fathomless wells on Honey Moon, but this is hardly, lyrically at least, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton...