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incoming: the bird & the bee

The Bird & The Bee
Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall & John Oates

[Blue Note; March 22, not final artwork]

We knew Inara George was prolific but releasing two new albums within a week of each other is pretty good going even by her standards, especially considering that her first baby is due in April. Not that we are complaining. First up is this new collection from The Bird & The Bee, her popular duo with producer/songwriter Greg Kurstin. Interpreting The Masters Volume 1 is, as the remainder of the title more than hints, a tribute to ’80s pop behemoths Daryl Hall and John Oates, who’ve released some eighteen studio albums since 1972’s Whole Oats. Out of this vast back catalogue, Inara and Greg have picked eight of their best known songs and spun them into something really quite lovely. The icing on this cupcake is a brand new Bird & The Bee track called ‘Heard It On The Radio’, a neatly observed homage to FM radio nostalgia. Pats on the back all round.

Tracklist:
01 Heard It On The Radio
02 I Can’t Go For That
03 Rich Girl
04 Sara Smile
05 Kiss On My List
06 Maneater
07 She’s Gone
08 Private Eyes
09 One On One

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