Milk and Scissors

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Milk And Scissors
Artist THE HANDSOME FAMILY album MILK AND SCISSORS.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 14, 1996
RecordedKingsize Sound Laboratories, Chicago, Illinois
Genre Alternative Country
Length40:35
Label Carrot Top
Producer Dave Trumfio, The Handsome Family
The Handsome Family chronology
Odessa
(1994)
Milk And Scissors
(1996)
Invisible Hands
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Milk and Scissors is the second album by alternative country band the Handsome Family. [3] [4] It was released 1996 by Carrot Top Records, and by Scout Releases in the same year.

Contents

Production

The production of the album was interrupted by Brett's brief stay in a mental hospital. [5]

Critical reception

The Chicago Tribune called Milk and Scissors "one of the finest albums of 1996." [6] The Chicago Reader called it "wonderfully depressing." [7]

Track listing

All music by Brett Sparks and all lyrics by Rennie Sparks, except as noted

  1. "Lake Geneva" – 3:11
  2. "Winnebago Skeletons" – 4:13
  3. "Drunk By Noon" – 2:51
  4. "The House Carpenter" (traditional, arranged by The Handsome Family, inspired by Clarence Ashley's 1930 recording) – 3:36
  5. "The Dutch Boy" – 3:51
  6. "The King Who Wouldn't Smile" – 2:35
  7. "Emily Shore 1819-1839" – 4:34
  8. "3-Legged Dog" (Darrell Sparks)– 4:34
  9. "#1 Country Song" (Brett Sparks) – 3:35
  10. "Amelia Earhart vs. The Dancing Bear" - 3:13
  11. "Tin Foil" - 2:41
  12. "Puddin' Fingers" (Mike Werner) - 1:41

Personnel

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References

  1. "Milk and Scissors - The Handsome Family | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" via www.allmusic.com.
  2. Larkin, Colin (May 27, 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN   9780857125958 via Google Books.
  3. "Handsome Family". Trouser Press. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  4. "The Handsome Family | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  5. "Handsome Family - Tragic songs of life - Page 3 of 4". No Depression. November 1, 2003.
  6. Kot, Greg. "FAMILY FEELINGS". chicagotribune.com.
  7. Vowell, Sarah. "Handsome Family". Chicago Reader.
  8. cf. Brett & Rennie Sparks (1996): Credits. In Milk And Scissors [CD booklet]. Chicago: Carrot Top Records.