THE BIRD AND THE BEE: RECREATIONAL LOVE

July 1st, 2015 | Album reviews

THE BIRD AND THE BEE
Recreational Love
Polydor

The Bird and the Bee are a wonderful experiment with the mashing of styles—the incredible folksy and whimsical voice of Inara George on one hand, the big bright production of Greg Kurstin on the other, and bits of jazz and folk popping through. The Bird and the Bee’s strength, however, lies in their jazzy play on modern pop; after an amazing collection of Hall and Oates tunes five years ago, the duo spent the last few crafting songs until they deemed them perfect, and the result is simple tunes and summer fun. The beautiful hometown-influenced “Los Angeles” is a stand-out on an album of solid writing. While the album may get a little too tame from time to time when the duo seems to rest on their strengths and stick to the comfort of home, on the whole Recreational Love is a charming release from two wonderfully talented and entertaining people.

—Daniel Sweetland