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Boomkat Product Review:
A new album from the pop duo formed by singer/songwriter Inara George and in-demand producer Greg Kurstin - the latter being notable for his dayjob, working alongside the likes of Kylie and Lily Allen in the studio. This album follows on from a recent ascendance to mainstream success that saw the pair supporting the aforementioned Lil on her UK tour last year, and even scoring themselves a slot on the Sex And The City Movie soundtrack. Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future transpires to be an addictive and expertly assembled pop album, well and truly earning its place in the mainstream thanks to the shameless frippery of songs like 'Love Letter To Japan', which - like so many of the songs here - is supplied with a disarmingly infectious chorus. The same is true of 'Diamond Dave', titled (one supposes) as a tribute to the great David Lee Roth of Van Halen. Inara George uses the lyrics as a means of expressing her anguish over the acrimonious 1983 split with Eddie and co: "When you left the band I couldn't understand it", and it's only since the Van Halen reunion tour that the heartbroken chanteuse has been able to find reconcilliation: "I've forgiven you now you've recommitted", says she, going on to lament "all of the missed opportunities". I'm right there with you Inara. I too found the creatively hampered Sammy Hagar period hard to swallow, but all was not lost for DLR: Eat 'Em And Smile and Skyscraper were solid solo albums, not to be sniffed at. Still, I digress... While throughout The Bird & The Bee's oeuvre the pop songwriting is bang on the money, Kurstin's production adds another dimension altogether, drawing on influences from such notable alt. knob twiddlers as Jon Brion ('Ray Gun') and Air ('Baby'), resulting in an album that's as sonically resplendent as it is melodically gratifying. Sterling work all-round.