The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Sean Rabin

Weird Scenes Inside the Bird­house Jack Blan­chard and Misty Morgan Omni/ Fuse FEW words can pre­pare a lis­tener for the mu­sic of mar­ried duo Jack Blan­chard and Misty Morgan. Ly­ser­gic Hay­seed Melan­choly and Cow­poke Phi­los­o­phy boasts a sticker on the front of the CD, but that’s just part of it. Af­ter scor­ing a big hit in 1970 with Ten­nessee Bird Walk , Jack and Misty strug­gled to re­peat their suc­cess. The songs on this com­pi­la­tion date from 1973 to 1976, when the Florida duo knew the charts were be­hind them but mu­sic wasn’t. While songs such as Cows and The Cock­roach Stomp con­tinue their nov­elty vein, ex­pe­ri­ence has un­doubt­edly taught them how quickly a joke grows tired, so along with the black hu­mour and wry word­play comes some fan­tas­ti­cally catchy elec­tric coun­try mu­sic. With lush string ac­com­pa­ni­ment, smooth key­boards and gospel har­monies, Jack and Misty re­veal them­selves to be genre- ben­ders, ef­fort­lessly mar­ry­ing doo- wop with square dance or slide gui­tar with disco. Ec­cen­tric and ac­com­plished, en­ter­tain­ing and sub­ver­sive, this is a de­li­cious ’ 70s time cap­sule, con­firm­ing that no one has sounded quite like Jack and Misty.

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