The Be Good Tanyas | A Collection

The Be Good Tanyas are releasing a compilation, “A Collection (2000-2012), that looks at the band’s career of Appalachian-tinged, vocally harmonic beauty. The record is due out July 17 via Nettwerk Records. There are 16 songs from each of their three official LPs,”Blue Horse” (2000), “Chinatown” (2003), and “Hello Love” (2006). There are also four previously unreleased cuts, including new mixes of one of my Be Good Tanyas favorites, “Scattered Leaves”, — along with “Song for R”, and new tracks “Gospel Song” and “Little Black Bear”. This collection follows last year’s reissuing of “Blue Horse” — and hopefully signals more music to come. Listen to “Scattered Leaves” below, which contains some of the band’s best songwriting: “Well, I never used to notice this awful quiet, ooohhh / And fall was just the calm before the next spring riot, ohhhhh / Of wildflowers and lunatic rivers / Sweat jumping off of the skin of love givers / The scattered leaves don’t lie / Aw’ now baby, baby, quit your cryin’ / ‘Cuz everything that ever mattered, scit-scat scattered / Like every love word you heard / That’s just the way when you walk your days / In the beauty of this world.” Notes: Lyrics are unofficial. The record is also available September 21 in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria; Sept. 24 for the UK and the rest of Europe. — David D. Robbins Jr.

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