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Album Review

The third studio long player from the Laura Burhenn-led indie pop outfit, Lovers Know doubles down on the slick electro-pop elements that crept in on 2012's Generals, but also dials back some of the more socio-political aspects of that album in favor of a return to the heartfelt and unabashedly earnest soul searching that dominated the group's 2010 debut, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood. Inspired by a cross-country American road trip, a South African solo tour, and a bout of European wanderlust, Lovers Know reflects the inward journey that each traveler takes when trying to parse the near constant flow of stimuli that accompanies a grand adventure. Burhenn's sultry baritone and penchant for pairing brooding neo-soul with wide-angle-lens electro-indie rock lends the 12-track set a real Killers-meets-Florence + the Machine vibe, but where those two artists nearly always have their sights set on the nosebleed section, Burhenn manages to keep things emotionally intimate enough that the album's more sonically expansive cuts like "All My Heart," "Wildfire," and "Believer" stay firmly rooted in terra firma. As the title suggests, much of Lovers Know concerns itself with the vagaries of human behavior when faced with the dizzying unpredictability of devotion in the 21st century, and Burhenn's the first to admit that she's just as full of questions as the rest of us. There's also a real air of nostalgia at play here, due in large part to Burhenn having written the majority of the material on a small, long-in-the-tooth Casio keyboard, lending the collection a comfy retro feel that never comes off as kitsch. It's both quiet and grand, sad and sweet, and undeniably human.

Customer Reviews

Wow!

Every. Single. Song.

Solid!

If over-emoting divas and too-trendy production ISN'T your cup of tea, this is the album for you. The tasteful electro-pop grooves and Laura Burhenn’s husky, sensual voice will immediately appeal to fans of Goldfrapp, and the songs themselves will get the attention of anyone who appreciates a well-crafted pop song. Some cuts are stronger than others, but there’s not a bad tune in the bunch. Standouts: All My Heart, Believer, Velveteen, Say Something.

Bullseye

I'm not partial to this music genre, but they're sound and melody is perfect. They got it with this one. Chill vibe yet lively, visceral yet simple, and a great set of tunes to let go to... Love it!!!

Biography

Formed: 2009

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Before forming the Mynabirds in 2009, Laura Burhenn made her living as a solo artist in Washington, D.C., where she also founded Laboratory Records in 1999. Eight years later, she teamed up with John Davis -- another veteran of the local music scene -- to form an experimental duo named Georgie James. Although Davis’ previous group, Q and Not U, had been known for its aggressive post-hardcore music, Georgie James looked to pop groups for inspiration, particularly harmony-heavy outfits like the Zombies...
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