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the bird and the bee again and again and again and again [Blue Note]


I tried. Really, I did. I wanted to like this EP from Los Angeles-based, “the bird and the bee” (lower case, just like e.e. cummings would have wanted it) but to use the vocalist’s own words, I kept feeling like they were, “…working up to something but (they gave) me almost nothing.”

Bird and Bee are Inara George on vocals and Greg Kurstin as producer/musician, and there is no doubt they have talent. However, the tracks on this CD just fail to illicit a smile. Three songs and an uneventful remix are at once both soothing and irritating. The title track is as repetitive as the name implies. “I’m a broken heart” is worth a spin or two but interest faded fast.

Perhaps the saving grace is “f*cking boyfriend.” A plea to the uncommitted men of the world, “f*ucking boyfriend” presents the story of a girl so exasperated with her relationship that she is left with only the last-minute cry of, “would you be my fucking boyfriend?” Despite its soft jazz feel, it is not a song you will be hearing in Starbucks. The fourth track, a peaches remix of “f*cking boyfriend” exists without reason.

Early next year the bird and the bee will release a full-length CD; I hope it can deliver where this EP fell sadly short.

– Simon King

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By King Simon

A bit of a turncoat to the second power, Simon entered the music world as a San Francisco punk in the late seventies before moving on to new wave and music/art/fashion writing and publishing in the eighties. Along the way he played a Strat, fingered a Moog and met a lot of prominent musicians. In the very early days of Al Goreís Internet he was an executive in a digital rights management company and developed encryption technologies so you couldnít steal music and video. Having recently left the world of high fashion he is back to writing about electronica, trance and Euro popÖ and downloading music.