- Song: "I'm a Broken Heart"
- Artist: The Bird and the Bee
- CD: The Bird and the Bee
- Genre: Dance-Pop
The Bird and the Bee tells a sweetly catchy tale of heartbreak, yet never sounds heartbroken.
The Bird and the Bee singer Inara George is the daughter of the late Lowell George, lead singer of the '70s roots-rock band Little Feat, but that's where the similarities end. George and partner Greg Kurstin specialize in a bubbly mixture of tropicalia, Euro-lounge and electro-pop so twinkly and otherworldly, it feels as if it were created by space aliens with access to the collected works of Bebel Gilberto.
The duo's self-titled debut is fanciful and infectious, riveting and maddening. George and Kurstin aren't afraid to lay on the twee with a trowel, though they know enough to temper their whimsy with a sprinkling of venom. The best track on The Bird and the Bee is dirty enough that its title can't be mentioned here; suffice it to say that it was once remixed by Peaches.
The second best, "I'm A Broken Heart," functions as a great big open wound of a song, a tale of heartbreak — "Ache, aching and teething / My big love is bleeding / I think I might be dying" — that doesn't sound at all heartbroken. George's feathery voice gives just enough lift to what would otherwise be a soggy and conventional track to render it eerie and effective, and a miracle of restraint besides.
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