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the handsome family have long considered their music to be romantic in the 19th century sense of the word: full of an awed sense of emotion in the face of nature's mysteries and this has never before been clear than on their eighth album 'honey moon', a collection of songs written to celebrate their twentieth year of marriage. it is, according to rennie sparks, a love song to the world that takes place under bowed branches and deep within winding corn mazes. lovers kiss in dripping wet caves and call to each other from trembling mountain peaks. musically, the brother duos of country (delmore, louvin, monroe, stanley, everly) are always a big influence on brett sparks' use of harmony, while vocal groups such as the mills brothers, the inkspots and the platters became a primary motivating force. all such musical influences, combined with rennie's lyrical exploration of all aspects of romance - be it spiritual or pastoral, animal, vegetable or mineral - result in an album of love songs like no other heard before.
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