The Wooden Birds, 'Two Matchsticks' (Barsuk)

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Two Matchsticks
Critical Mass
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Label: Barsuk

by Barry Walters

Despite expanding his band to include Matt Pond and simpatico guest Ben Gibbard, former American Analog Set frontman Andrew Kenny sticks to the stripped-down strum plus surf-guitar embellishments of his 2009 debut as the Wooden Birds. Two Matchsticks evokes the Everly Brothers' sibling intimacy, but Kenny's lonely campfire songs cling to a limited number of minor keys, similar tempos, and virtually identical arrangements. "Folly Cub" is an unnerving charmer, but everything that follows sounds like a more modest remix of that first killer cut.

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