Odessa (The Handsome Family album)

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Odessa
Artist THE HANDSOME FAMILY album ODESSA.jpg
Studio album by
Released1994
RecordedKingsize Sound Laboratories, Chicago, Illinois
Genre Alternative country
Length47:16
Label Carrot Top [1]
Producer Dave Trumfio, Brett Sparks
The Handsome Family chronology
Odessa
(1994)
Milk and Scissors
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Odessa is the first album by alternative country band The Handsome Family. [4] [5] It was released 1994 by Carrot Top Records. [6]

Contents

Critical reception

AllMusic wrote that "Brett Sparks' plain but resonant Midwestern twang gives the songs on Odessa the ring of common truth, and he and Rennie Sparks had already established themselves as writers to be reckoned with, conjuring a lyrical voice that sounds homey and terribly alienated at the same time." [2] Greil Marcus called the album an effort to "transfer the fatalism of the old murder ballads into modern life." [7] Trouser Press wrote that "if Odessa has a fault, it’s lyrics that are sometimes too coyly knowing, tossing off pop cultural references to no real effect." [6]

Track listing

  1. "Here's Hopin'" – 3:26
  2. "Arlene" – 3:37
  3. "Pony" – 3:13
  4. "One Way Up" – 3:19
  5. "Water Into Wine" – 3:12
  6. "Giant Ant" – 3:30
  7. "Everything That Rises Must Converge" – 2:50
  8. "Gorilla" – 3:37
  9. "The Last" – 3:36
  10. "Claire Said" - 3:41
  11. "Moving Furniture Around" - 3:03
  12. "Big Bad Wolf" - 3:18
  13. "She Awoke With A Jerk" - 4:19
  14. "Happy Harvest" - 2:35

Personnel

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References

  1. "Carrot Top Records | Handsome Family".
  2. 1 2 "Odessa - The Handsome Family | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" via www.allmusic.com.
  3. Larkin, Colin (May 27, 2011). "The Encyclopedia of Popular Music". Omnibus Press via Google Books.
  4. "The Handsome Family | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  5. Buckley, Peter (October 11, 2003). "The Rough Guide to Rock". Rough Guides via Google Books.
  6. 1 2 "Handsome Family". Trouser Press. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  7. Marcus, Greil (October 20, 2015). "Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014". Yale University Press via Google Books.
  8. cf. Brett & Rennie Sparks (1994): Credits. In Odessa [CD booklet]. Chicago: Carrot Top Records.