The Bird And The Bee, the bird and the bee

Laura Leebove

By Laura Leebove

Managing Editor
on 05.18.11 in Reviews

the bird and the bee

The Bird And The Bee

The bird and the bee — dreamy-voiced Inara George and super producer/songwriter Greg Kurstin (Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Little Boots) — are a perfect marriage of class and sass. On their self-titled debut, George's "bird" questions nature and cries over a broken heart while Kurstin's "bee" provides a brand of playful drum machine-fueled electropop mixed with elements of jazz.

A perfect marriage of class and sass

George plays the conflicting roles of aloof seductress and fearless gal who asks — in very colorful language — for exactly what she wants. In "My Fair Lady," she coyly coos, "Do you know the way?/ I am from out of town/ I need a place to stay/ Someone to show me all around," but in "Fucking Boyfriend," she sings a chorus of "Would you ever be my, would you be my fucking boyfriend?"

Album opener "Again & Again" juxtaposes acoustic sounds — guitar, handclaps and tambourines — with glossy synth lines; "Because" sits on a catchy, low-toned drum machine groove; and "I'm A Broken Heart" is a hazy '60s slowdance number, dressed up with cymbals, chimes and horn fanfare. Their formula mirrors the contradiction of a bird's polite chirp and a bee's sting. There's no shortage of shameless pop tunes and precious vocals, but there's always an inkling of mischief that keeps them from being too sweet.