It's difficult to explain why the music of the Handsome Family is beautiful. Sure, it sounds beautiful, but it's a strange and spare sort of beautiful -- singer Brett Sparks' grave and stately voice makes lovely sense of Rennie Sparks' haunted, sometimes grisly lyrics. The guitars ring like bells; the vocal harmonies cut to the heart's quick. Sad freaks and drunks, tubercular Indians, murdered brides and lovestruck killers populate their songs. A girl is carried off by crows, kissed by a gravedigger's son. Crowds throw bricks and bottles at a milkman in love with the moon. Brother kills brother, and the dead roll their... More >>>