April 24, 2008

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The Weepies, Hideaway
Nettwerk Records, April 22
Genial dual-gender-sung array of tunes running the gamut between twee and folk. The third album from married Cambridge, MA kids Steve Tannen and Deb Talan follows up 2006’s Say I Am You, which exploded internationally on iTunes and did time as aural bric-a-brac in TV shows for smart-alecks such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, you get the idea. A kinder, gentler adaptation of Sophie Hawkins’ “As I Lay Me Down” would describe the refrain of “All Good Things,” which finds Talan pondering one of her shy sides; that racks things up for the comforting melancholy of “Little Bird,” a wispy Zero 7-like stretch of backyard-barbecue-alt-folk. One thing in which these guys are well-versed is Mamas and Papas rainy Sunday ’60s pop, corroborated both in “Antarctica” (that one could have been sold to Annie Lennox, and Talan’s voice rolls to the back of her throat to accentuate the point) and the Softies-nicking “How You Survived the War.” Tannen simulates James Taylor in album opener “Can’t Go Back Now.” A Eric W. Saeger