I can't get enough of The Mynabirds in the same way I got utterly addicted several years ago to the old stylings of R&B garage band The Detroit Cobras. But while The Detroit Cobras cover obscure songs from the 1950s and 1960s, The Mynabirds make originals that just sound like they could be classics.
Singer Laura Burhenn has the vocals of Dusty Springfield or Linda Rondstadt, and the music itself blends country, R&B and 1970s rock. What We Lost In The Fire We Gained In The Flood offers something a little less wild than The Detroit Cobras' albums, more crafted and nuanced in so many ways. For instance, the sweaty dance number "Let the Record Go" sounds like 1990s rockers The Breeders if they covered a Carole King song. "Wash It Out" might be a blander track if not for the claps smartly dispersed throughout like little firecrackers. The horn-filled "We Built a Mountain" could make for obvious irony if Burhenn sang, "I hope you're happy today," with even a slight tinge of contempt. Instead, her unabashed sincerity makes the song about love lost even more tragically beautiful.