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The last time Inara George and Greg Kurstin (a.k.a. the bird and the bee) made a full-length album, their acclaimed self-titled debut, they weren’t certain anyone would ever hear it. “We made our first record for ourselves,” says George, “we didn’t expect to get signed to a label and have it be released.” But it was heard, and then released by Blue Note ... Read more in Amazon's The Bird and the Bee Store

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000UZ4E16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Inara George and Greg Kurstin, a.k.a. the bird and the bee, have collected fans and critical accolades since the release of their self titled debut in January '07. The band has been busy ever since with non-stop touring and promotion all over the globe. All the while the band continued to write and record wherever they found themselves.

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I especially liked the Bee Gees cover of How Deep is Your Love.
James Jeffrey
I have a feeling that what they've done so far, great as it is, entertaining as it is, will not wear well if they try to tread the same gound again on the next album.
Eric J. Anderson
Their signature melody is here as well as their breathy, brainy lyrics.
Angie

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Anderson on October 19, 2007
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The Bird And The Bee are Inara George and Greg Kurstin. Inara has a voice like a pixie-ish angel, but both of them are multi-instrumentalists, and obviously highly trained in musical composition. Inara creates beautiful harmonies and choruses through the use of studio overdubbing. Kurstin is master of all things keyboard.

This new Bird And The Bee project, like the earlier album, seems to be aiming at a certain attitude, a certain style: modern, yet taking elements of soft 1960s pop music. They project a sort of wink-wink hipster ambivalence in most of the songs, except the final beautiful and heartfelt love song, How Deep Is Your Love.

I could almost make an argument that the group is an example of style over substance. Almost. The melodies, arrangements, production are astoundingly sophisticated and creative. Perhaps in this respect they could be compared to Steely Dan: great music, great production, sly attitude, but generally not aimed at touching the heart.

Still, these two musicians are producing some of the greatest pop music released this year. While the first album and this EP have been fun, I hope that in the future they can marry their musical talents to something a little more intimate and emotional -- like some of the material from Inara George's recent solo CD, All Rise. I have a feeling that what they've done so far, great as it is, entertaining as it is, will not wear well if they try to tread the same gound again on the next album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bram on October 28, 2007
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These guys are one of the best modern groups out there. Those who enjoy Radiohead,Bjork, Stereolab, electronic or Brazilian music should be advised to pick this up. Great songwriting incorporating the best of Brazilian/Bossa Nova and modern American pop w/fantastic, subdued yet bubbly electronic beats.... seriously fine programming, seriously fine harmonies/harmony(great keyboard work). Also a cool cover of a BEE GEEs classic(great choice).
God Bless Greg Kurstin and Inara George for this sublime modern music project! Check out there full length Album and also Inara's solo album(w/same musicians basically) called All Rise!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Audiomoeba on November 1, 2007
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With a sound that we have come to know from The Bird and The Bee comes the Sophomore EP I have been waiting to hear. disappointed that it is just an EP and not a full LP. I still love it. I recommend this new album for any fan out there. Please Clap Your Hands is a great little didy that gets foot tapping from the first song.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By collector on January 9, 2008
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if there ever was such a category as indie posh, this band would be it. very stylish, never fails to please, survives repeated listenings, ingenious, picturesque and stimulating music and i could go on forever.

this follow up to their debut album does not let you down. every tune is carefully crafted to give you a psychedelic sonic trip. no boring melodies or banal arrangements from this duo. this is indie pop at its finest. inara's vocals floating over the music makes your heart light and your spirit dance. its a kind of epiphanic happiness captured on a CD. listening to them makes you realise that your world can be a happy place with just a smile even on a cloudy day.

my favorite track from this EP is the one titled "Man"... for some reason this band reminds me of what the late 90s band "Mono" (Formica Blues) could have been after the one hit wonder "life in mono". Full of references to nostalgic hippie rose colored days, psuedo jazz nuances and for some unknown reason it kinda feels french (probably because i'm reminded of that french electronic band "Air").

Not enough credit has been given to 1 song from the debut album... "Spark"... so i'm stealing some space here to publicize it. Its so sweet and sentimental. This band is definitely not out to fill an album with mediocre boring stuff just to release one. They are real song craftsmen inventing sweet tunes and music to capture your imagination. If lyrics were all that mattered, you might as well read a poem, or listen to some garth brooks (gasp!) lol
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Tepper on May 31, 2008
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Perhaps Inara was listening to her father's band (Little Feet), but you sure wouldn't know it listening to this. But while none of their originals or covers even hint at bar band boogie and furocity, it certainly portrays a beguiling shagadelic hipness favorably to the tried and true romantic ballads that the soporific 70's Saps were cranking out in droves.
It is here where Inara George completely out does herself with a bewilderingly nailed version of an otherwise bland 70's disco ballad How Deep is Your Love. It works on every level. It is a question every girl askd her man on their wedding night (provided they waited that long to consumate). Instead of squirming to the Bee Gees falsettos asking you how deep your love is, you are taken in by the tip toe through the air approach Imara's waifish feminine voice delivers in the verses. She then presses the issue singing more longingly and assuringly in the chorus. The lyrics resonate like never before revealing the genuine feeling that was once lost in a wash of Stigwood production syrup way back when. While many may think there is no where else for them to go with what they've done so far they certainly hit the watershed with this one song. Let's hope love will keep this next-gen Captain and Tenielle together. (just no muskrat love, ok).
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