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The Handsome Family

Interview by Rob Hughes, unpublished, 1999

OCTOBER 1999. On the release of early-years compilation Down In The Valley - and four months prior to fourth studio album, In The Air - ...

The Handsome Family: Live in the UK

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2000

BEFORE A note's been sung or a chord struck, Rennie Sparks has invited the audience back to her shoebox-sized dressing room for shrimp cocktails. As ...

The Handsome Family: In The Air

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2000

SERENE MEDITATION on life-amid-death and fourth album from Chicago-based alt. country duo ...

The Handsome Family: Tales Of Extra Ordinary Madness

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2000

Welcome to the dark, disturbing world of Brett and Rennie Sparks, otherwise known as THE HANDSOME FAMILY. ...

Albums from Kelly Hogan, the Handsome Family and the Mekons

Review by Eric Weisbard, Spin, June 2000

Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts: Beneath the Country Underdog (Bloodshot);The Handsome Family: In the Air (Carrot Top); Mekons: Journey to the End of ...

The Handsome Family: Twilight

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

CALL IT WHAT you will – proto-country, Southern Gothic, backwoods noir, Americana, cow-punk, insurgent twang, murderous balladry, Appalachian folk. Whichever way you slice it, The ...

Twangs can only get better

Overview by Tom Cox, The Observer, 21 October 2001

Country has gone way beyond Nashville, says Tom Cox. It's the new rebel music. ...

The Handsome Family: Live at The Barbican, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2002

RENNIE SPARKS looks like a deep sea diver plucked out of water as she accompanies her husband on the miraculous 'Weightless Again'. There's a tube ...

The Handsome Family: Singing Bones (Carrot Top)

Review by j. poet, Harp, December 2003

THE HANDSOME FAMILY - the duo of Brett Sparks, composer, singer and instrumental jack of all trades and Rennie Sparks lyricist, harmony vocalist and plucker ...

Handsome is as Handsome does

Profile and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, August 2009

WHAT DO YOU GET when you cross the Platters with 19th century Romanticism? Why, the new album from the Handsome Family, of course. ...


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