The Bird And The Bee, Please Clap Your Hands
= 5 stars
- As an EP with only five tracks there is little filler. Polite Dance Song benefits immensely from live drums and a sarcastic, near parody vibe, and manages to squeeze in a chromatic piano run similar to Paul McCartney’s Maybe, I’m Amazed. Man combines funk with baroque instruments effortlessly with a killer chorus.
- So You Say is a weaker track but still has a dippy, trippy vibe similar to Puffy Ami Yumi, but it explodes into a divine syncopation during the chorus.
- Last is a cover of the Bee Gee’s How Deep Is Your Love but with all the disco stuff stripped away, turning the AM radio standard intimate and heart felt, highlighting Inara’s vocal range.
- The Races is the weakest track with fuzzy intent, mostly in comparison to the killer stuff surrounding.
The Bird And The Bee make pop music for sure, but the sort where the verses contrast impeccably with awesome choruses, and Greg Kurstin’s flawless production surrounds a crystal clear voice of Inara George. What more can one ask for? I’ll pick up their next album for sure.
Here’s a video for Polite Dance Song:
iTunes Store Link: Please Clap Your Hands – EP – The Bird and the Bee