Clark Collis
April 14, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bitter Tea

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Fat Possum
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it an B

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.”

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