|Through The Trees|
|Studio album by The Handsome Family|
|Label||Carrot Top, Loose Music|
|Producer||Dave Trumfio, Brett Sparks|
|The Handsome Family chronology|
Through the Trees is the third full-length album released by alternative country band The Handsome Family. It was released 1998 by Carrot Top Records (North America) / Loose Music (Europe).
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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.
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Through the Trees was nominated by Mojo readers as one of the most important Americana CDs of the 1990s.
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All music by Brett Sparks; all lyrics by Rennie Sparks, except as noted.
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