The Mynabirds album, “What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood”, is a soulful pastiche of gospel and country and perhaps the finest album in the first half of 2010.
“The charm of the record isn’t a matter of reinventing familiar sounds so much as working within them with comfort and grace. Nothing sounds overworked,” writes Matthew Perpetua for Pitchfork. “If anything, [The Mynabirds] present the songs in an understated manner, confident in the quality of the material and the strength of [Laura Burhenn’s] voice. They weren’t wrong to make that call.
There’s a sprinkling of Fiona Apple in Laura Burhenn’s vocal timber and hints of Dusty Springfield, obviously, but more modern touchstones would also be Cat Power’s album The Greatest or anything by Jenny Lewis.