Bitter Tea While The Fiery Furnaces confounded many with 2005's Rehearsing My Choir , a CD about their grandmother, who also provided vocals, Bitter Tea is a… Bitter Tea While The Fiery Furnaces confounded many with 2005's Rehearsing My Choir , a CD about their grandmother, who also provided vocals, Bitter Tea is a… 2006-04-18 The Fiery Furnaces Indie Rock
Music Review

Bitter Tea (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 18, 2006; Lead Performance: The Fiery Furnaces; Genre: Indie Rock

While The Fiery Furnaces confounded many with 2005's Rehearsing My Choir, a CD about their grandmother, who also provided vocals, Bitter Tea is a more normal effort, albeit one with a song about checkbook-balancing Mormons (''Oh Sweet Woods''). Matthew Friedberger continues to create synth-heavy mini—rock operas that alternate between childishly charming and plain irritating. But the real appeal is sister Eleanor, whose voice would be mercurially distinctive were she to repeat a phone number — which she does on ''The Vietnamese Telephone Ministry.''

Originally posted Apr 14, 2006 Published in issue #873 Apr 21, 2006 Order article reprints
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