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ArtistThe Mynabirds
LabelSaddle Creek
Release DateApril 2010
GenreFolk-RockPop

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Printed in IssueJun/July 2010
Review AuthorWhitney Dwire
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It would appear that the Mynabirds is actually just one bird, Laura Burhenn (formerly of D.C. duo Georgie James). Her debut album, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood, plays host to some guest musicians who boast horns, guitars, and drums.

The main instrument showcased, however, is Burhenn's voice, which brings to mind Cat Power or Dusty Springfield. The songs here are very soulful, gospel-like, and a little bit country, and the whole record sounds like it was recorded in an old, half-empty studio in the 60s. While certain songs are a tad rambunctious, like "Wash It Out," others are really beautiful, such as album standout "Right Place." Prepare yourself for when Burhenn sings a high note and lets it hang gingerly before tapering off. It'll break your heart, I tell you what!

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