Lady & Bird Yel­low Tan­ger­ine ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REVIEWS - Jim Car­roll

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween French singer-song­writer Keren Ann (re­spon­si­ble for last year’s en­chant­ing Nolita album) and Ice­landic mu­si­cian Bardi Jo­hann­son (from Bang Gang), Lady & Bird has more sparkle than a bot­tle of fizzy wa­ter. The album, billed as “a chil­dren’s story for adults”, is awash with child­like fa­bles, bit­ter­sweet lul­la­bies and mis­chievous fairies. The del­i­cate, so­porific croon­ing of Do What I Do sets the tone, a mood taken up by trippy, soft-fo­cused cov­ers of The Vel­vet Un­der­ground’s Stephanie Says and Sui­cide Is Pain­less from M*A*S*H. Yet there are hints of other paths that could have been taken on the likes of Shep­herd’s Song, where the jar­ring notes and dis­cor­dant, creepy gui­tars are more night­mar­ish than dream­like. But Lady & Bird pre­fer to take a mel­lower jour­ney and, while the har­monies are some­times a lit­tle too sug­ary, the out­come is over­whelm­ingly heart-warm­ing.

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