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Why Do Birds Sing?
     

Why Do Birds Sing?

by Violent Femmes
 
Two years after the release of their stripped-down and mellowed-out album 3, the Violent Femmes return with a disjointed and choppy but enjoyable album, Why Do Birds Sing?. This record is probably most famous for its cover of Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?." The acoustic

Overview

Two years after the release of their stripped-down and mellowed-out album 3, the Violent Femmes return with a disjointed and choppy but enjoyable album, Why Do Birds Sing?. This record is probably most famous for its cover of Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?." The acoustic sound they pioneered (way back before MTV Unplugged was even thought of) is still here...for the most part. Many songs seem to be written as a foil to the depressing sound on 3, forsaking cohesiveness and lyrical depth for upbeat ditties. Track two, "Out the Window," is a strong suspect, with shallow lyrics and bouncy music, but does not make sense in the wake of 3. Still, other songs are fun. They revisit their infamous rancor from the first record on "Girl Trouble" and "More Money Tonight" -- this time from the perspective of musical celebrities rather than the nerds from high school. Worth mentioning is a short little two-minute track called "Life Is a Scream," which brings the entire disc to a standstill; it's more like a musical speed bump than any song they have ever recorded. Every Violent Femmes fan has their favorite record and these tend to vary wildly. More than likely, this one will not be anyone's favorite, but still has some redeeming moments. The strong opener "American Music" is reminiscent of their classic songwriting style. ~ Mark W. B. Allender

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/1991
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075992647625
catalogNumber:
26476
Rank:
178973

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Violent Femmes   Primary Artist
Brian Ritchie   Banjo,Bass,Bouzouki,Glockenspiel,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Jew's Harp,Ukulele,Vocals,Didjeridu,Acoustic Bass,8-string Bass
Victor de Lorenzo   Percussion,Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Tabla,Tambourine,Tom-Tom,Vocals,Bells,Timpani,Snare Drums,Shaker,sleigh bells,Tranceaphone
Sid Page   Strings
Michael Beinhorn   Piano,Harmonium,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Hand Clapping
Larry Corbett   Strings
Gordon Gano   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Tom Mandel   Keyboards
Suzie Katayama   Strings
Ilene Novog   Strings
Alex   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Brian Ritchie   Producer
Violent Femmes   Producer
Victor de Lorenzo   Producer,Wood
Michael Beinhorn   Producer,String Arrangements
Mikey Craig   Composer
Gordon Gano   Producer
Roy Hay   Composer
Susan Rogers   Engineer
Eric "ET" Thorngren   Engineer
Jon Moss   Composer
George O'Dowd   Composer

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