Milk and Scissors
"Milk and Scissors comes closer to capturing the lean, lovelorn soul of old-time country than any of the thirty-something other neo-country records I've waded through this week..."
Monica Kendrick, The Chicago Reader, 8/97.
"Country music has a strong and proud legacy of songs about
death, lost love, and broken-down dreams. Chicago's Handsome
Family...draw on that rich heritage but bring in their own
absurdist postmodern sensibility to the strum-and-twang mix,
blending Kafkaesque scenarios with Carter Family crooning and
Dali-like imagery with the whiskey-soaked balladry of Hank
Williams. It all adds up to an evocative, oddly compelling fusion
of the old and the new on Milk and Scissors."
The Boston Phoenix, 7/96.
On the first sweet listen, they seem simple. Hear those
near-perfect pop\country sensibilities? Second listen reveals the
stray hairs, the twitchy, shifty eyes, the nervous laughter. By
the third time out its time to call the cops, 'cause they've dug a
lot of holes in their lawn with that backhoe and what are all
those smelly janitor drums doing in the garage? They're an evil
REM with their dirty uncle Gram Parsons."
Kate Messner, Austin Chronicle, 3/95.
"Songwriting and marital partners Brett and Rennie Sparks have
something of a yin and yang relationship, with Brett's gorgeous
lyricism providing the perfect tonic for his wife's surreal
psychobilly... "The Last" an absolutely stunning ode to aging,
longing and regret, would be a perfect vehicle for either Merle
Haggard or George Jones."
Bill Friskics-Warren, Nashville Scene, 3/95.
Invisible Hands (VINYL-ONLY EP. NOW OUT OF PRINT).
Tin Foil, Barbara Allen, Birds You Can Not See, Down That Foggy Road, Grandmother Waits For You, Cathedrals
"Solemn, beautiful, slow and thoughtful. Rennie Sparks' lyrics
are, as always, so beautiful..."
The Lumpen Times, Chicago, IL
"The darkest, moodiest music they've ever released."
Randall Roberts, Riverfront Times, St. Louis, MO
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