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Violent Femmes: Why Do Birds Sing?

Mike Barnes, Select, May 1991

WHY DO BIRDS SING? is the long-awaited follow up to 3, Violent Femmes' fourth LP from 1988. Although it runs the spectrum of their past work, it mostly salutes their eponymous debut (which has just gone gold in the States after eight years!) The Milwaukee trio's acoustic sound is the same as it ever was, but what has always prevented them from being just another stumblebum bar band is their empathetic playing and a tendency to look at the world through cracked lenses.

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