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Last Days of Wonder

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Handsome Family (Rennie and Brett Sparks) can't ever seem to find it in them to pair lyrics like "When automatic sinks in airports no longer see your hands/Your great journey has begun" with music that reflects their desperate urban majesty. Last Days of Wonder, their seventh full-length collection of Midwest gothic country songs, does push the envelope a tad further than their previous six releases, as Brett has invented a myriad of new ways to manipulate his trusty home computer into a limitless extension of his own creativity, but even a musical saw can lose its backwoods luster when it's being hauled on the caboose of a three-chord train to midtempo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Handsome Family (Rennie and Brett Sparks) can't ever seem to find it in them to pair lyrics like "When automatic sinks in airports no longer see your hands/Your great journey has begun" with music that reflects their desperate urban majesty. Last Days of Wonder, their seventh full-length collection of Midwest gothic country songs, does push the envelope a tad further than their previous six releases, as Brett has invented a myriad of new ways to manipulate his trusty home computer into a limitless extension of his own creativity, but even a musical saw can lose its backwoods luster when it's being hauled on the caboose of a three-chord train to midtempo Americanaville. That said, the Handsome Family's adherence to highly literate contemporary heartbreak within an old-timey framework is what made them stand out from the crowded sea of young Gram Parsons converts in the first place -- actually, they've always seemed more late-period Johnny Cash than Parsons -- so they've more than earned the right to rest on their laurels a bit, but one can't help but think that just a little bit more spice might have elevated all of these beautiful ideas out of the trappings of their now painfully insular song structures.
Washington Post - Tricia Olszewski
Continues the entertainingly unique style that Brett and Rennie Sparks first fashioned on their 1995 debut, "Odessa" -- namely, traditional Americana with a modern bent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • Label: Carrot Top Records
  • UPC: 789397004029
  • Catalog Number: 40
  • Sales rank: 6,398

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Handsome Family Primary Artist
David Coulter Saw
Rennie Sparks Banjo, Autoharp, Ukulele, Vocals
Darrell Sparks Vocal Harmony
David Gutierrez Guitar
Technical Credits
Roger Seibel Mastering
Brett Sparks Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Sheila Sachs Design Associate
Rennie Sparks Composer, Art Compiler
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