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“On their latest album, Tuning In/Tuning Out, the couple delivers the best work of their career. Whether penning pop perfection as with the album's title track, "Tuning In/Tuning Out;" grindin'out a clever psychedelic groove on "(I Want My Own) Brian Epstein," be-boppin' a honky tonk vibe with "Didn't Last Long Did It?," or busting out with six strings blazing on "Green Jam," Bird Mancini have undoubtedly hit their stride. Good stuff!”
“Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini’s latest release is also their coolest one to date. Twelve lush Beatles-influenced original tunes tinged with a bit of blues and a bit of flower power; and always Ruby’s soulful vocals and Billy’s first-rate musicianship. Ruby also contributes harmonica, accordion, melodica, and glockenspiel. Billy brings the guitars, keys, bass, and percussion. The tunes have very personal lyrics and after listening to the project as a whole, one gets the romantic idea that the metaphorical words in the many love songs were written for each other: and there is a comfort in the familiarity of the idea as well. Steve Gilligan and Sal Baglio from the Stompers, blues siren Madeleine Hall, and Low Budget’s Tim Casey also appear on the melodies. Songs like “Truth,” “Because It’s December,” and “Didn’t Last Long Did It?” are radio friendly, while “(I Want My Own) Brian Epstein” and “Tuning In/Tuning Out” best illustrate thir likable style.”
“Any band that bills itself as a husband-wife/accordion-guitar rock duo is worth investigating. Even more so when the tandem enlists musical friends such as The Sterns and Bentmen. Great reviews for the outfit's third and latest album, "Funny Day," don't hurt either. Led by the core of singer-accordionist-keyboardist Ruby Bird and singer-guitarist Billy Carl Mancini, Bird Mancini mix up a cosmopolitan fusion of blues-tinged rock, Latin-flavored bossa nova, country-folk balladry, and woolly psychedelia. What it adds up to is pop music in the most adventurous inclusive sense of the term.”
“What Funny Day isn’t: punk, garage, or metal of any kind. What Funny Day is: ’60s pop, blues, and rock with a whole lot of other things thrown in there—did I hear some loungy bossa nova? This CD is a veritable goulash of musical ingredients mixed in just the right proportions—two cups of outstanding vocals, six or seven cups of amazing musicianship, a few tablespoons of electric guitar, bass, and drums, a dash of accordion, and a pinch of glockenspiel, piano, tambourine—that the ratio of ingredients creates a brand new dish. Every song is superb but here’s what stands out in my mind at the moment: “Holly”—lush layered vocals reminiscent of ’60s vocal groups (a recurring sound throughout the CD). “So Cool”—Lucinda Williams with less twang and even more grit. “Red Geraniums”—Annie Lennox meets Tom Waits. I hope Bird Mancini keeps the recipe for this concoction; I want many more servings of this stuff.”