Down in the Valley (album)

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Down In The Valley
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Genre Alternative country
Label Independent Records
The Handsome Family chronology
Through the Trees
Down In The Valley
In the Air

Down in the Valley is an Ireland only compilation of songs by alternative country band The Handsome Family. It was released 1999 by Independent Records. The subtitle of the compilation runs: "A treasury of their most willowy and haunted songs." The compilation contains tracks from Odessa (1994) (tracks 10 & 13), Milk and Scissors (1996) (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 14), and Through the Trees (1998) (tracks 2, 4, 6, 11, 12).

Alternative country, or alternative country rock is a loosely defined subgenre of country music and rock music, which includes acts that differ significantly in style from mainstream country music and pop country music. Alternative country artists are often influenced by alternative rock. However, the term has been used to describe country music bands and artists that have incorporated influences from alternative rock, indie rock, roots rock, bluegrass, neotraditional country, punk rock, rockabilly, punkabilly, honky-tonk, outlaw country, folk rock, indie folk, folk revival, hard rock, R&B, country rock, heartland rock, and Southern rock.

The Handsome Family US alternative country and americana band

The Handsome Family is an alternative country and Americana duo consisting of husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks formed in Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are perhaps best known for their song "Far from Any Road" from the album Singing Bones, which was used as the main title theme for the first season of HBO's 2014 crime drama True Detective. The band's 10th album, Unseen, was released on September 16, 2016, the first new release on the band's own label and through long-time label Loose in Europe.

<i>Odessa</i> (The Handsome Family album) 1995 debut studio album by The Handsome Family

Odessa is the first album released by alternative country band The Handsome Family. It was released 1994 by Carrot Top Records.


Track listing

  1. "Tin Foil" – 2:41
  2. "My Sister's Tiny Hands" – 3:28
  3. "Lake Geneva" – 3:14
  4. "Weightless Again" – 3:39
  5. "#1 Country Song" – 3:37
  6. "The Giant Of Illinois" – 3:06
  7. "Drunk By Noon" – 2:51
  8. "Don't be Scared" – 2:50 (a different version appears on In the Air )
  9. "The House Carpenter" – 3:38
  10. "Arlene" - 3:39
  11. "The Woman Downstairs" - 4:47
  12. "Cathedrals" - 3:23
  13. "Moving Furniture" - 3:06
  14. "The Dutch Boy" - 3:53

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