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The Handsome Family - Singing Bones Album
Performer: The Handsome Family
Title: Singing Bones
Style: Alternative Rock, Country Rock
Year 2003
Country US
Label Carrot Top Records
Catalog Number SAKI036
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 392
MP3 size: 2469 mb
FLAC size: 1196 mb
WMA size: 1591 mb
Record From: CD, Album

The Handsome Family - Singing Bones Album


1Fallen Peaches
Banjo – Rennie Sparks
224-Hour Store
Saw – Brett Sparks
3A Shadow Underneath3:44
4The Forgotten Lake
Bass – Rennie SparksDrums – Darrell SparksPedal Steel Guitar – Brett Sparks
5Gail With The Golden Hair
Drums – Jimmy Pontzer
6The Bottomless Hole3:16
Autoharp – Rennie SparksBass [Bowed] – Tony WatkinsViolin – Darrell Sparks
8If The World Should End In Fire1:09
9Dry Bones
Banjo – Darrell SparksDrums – Jimmy PontzerMusic By, Lyrics By – TraditionalResonator Guitar [Dobro] – Greg Hansen
10The Song Of A Hundred Toads
Autoharp – Rennie Sparks
Pedal Steel Guitar – Dave Gutierrez
12Far From Any Road
Drums – Darrell SparksMandolin – Dave Gutierrez Trumpet – David McChesney
13If The World Should End In Ice1:09


  • Design [Design Assistance]Sheila Sachs
  • Lyrics ByRennie Sparks (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 13)
  • Mastered ByRoger Seibel
  • Music ByBrett Sparks (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 13)
  • Photography By [Band Photo]Ted Jurney
  • Photography By [Stolen Photographs Compiled By]Rennie Sparks
  • VocalsRennie Sparks (tracks: 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 11)
  • Vocals, Recorded By, Photography By [Back Cover]Brett Sparks


Recorded at the Sparks's "den". Mastered at SAE Mastering.
Variant 2 has a white tray.
℗ & © 2003 Carrot Top Records, Inc.


  • Barcode (Text): 7 89397 0036 2 6
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI LZ43
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L383
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI JB11
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 6100
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 380433 FAILSAFE C-071103D 39857
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): L383 9902 C071103D E31011-02 A FAILSAFE


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Carrot Top Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Carrot Top Records, Inc.
  • Mastered At – SAE Mastering
  • Manufactured By – Failsafe Media


Singing Bones is the sixth studio album released by alternative country band The Handsome Family. It was released in 2003 by Carrot Top Records North America, Loose Music Europe. In 2014, the track Far from Any Road taken from the album was used as the theme song for the first season of HBO's crime drama True Detective. It was used as an opening song for Guns N' Roses' 2014 world tour. Songs in album The Handsome Family - Singing Bones 2003. The Handsome Family - The Forgotten Lake. The Handsome Family - Gail With The Golden Hair. The Handsome Family - 24-Hour Store. The Handsome Family - The Bottomless Hole. The Handsome Family - Far From Any Road Unavailable. The Handsome Family - If The World Should End In Fire. The Handsome Family - A Shadow Underneath. The Handsome Family - Dry Bones. Album 2003 13 Songs. More By The Handsome Family. Last Days of Wonder. The Handsome Family Live At Schubas. Singing Bones. The Handsome Family. Released 2003. Singing Bones Tracklist. The Forgotten Lake Lyrics. Listen free to The Handsome Family Singing Bones The Forgotten Lake, Gail With the Golden Hair and more. 13 tracks 38:37. The Handsome Family's unique take on traditionalist country finds another fine platform on 2003's Singing Bones. Husband-and-wife team Brett and Rennie Sparks explore dusty, melancholic territory - both musically and lyrically - by combining a taste for rootsy, old-school country for which Brett's resonant baritone is perfectly suited with literate, evocative, image-rich lyrics. Singing Bones finds all these qualities in place. Scenes and characters float through vividly drawn settings 24-Hour Store, Whitehaven, while the instrumentation, arrangements, and ambience conjure dark forests and backwoods ghosts. As old-world as the Handsome Family might seem, there is an incisive, contemporary sensibility to everything, from the gleaming production to the perfectly chosen words. Like their best album to date, 1998's Through the Trees- which was peppered by lyrical references to Chicago's stool bums, long, wide avenues, and Wisconsin weekend getaways- Signing Bones seems to echo the wide-open space and endless skies of the Southwest. In a way, then, this is the band's most beautiful record, an expertly arranged blend of their acoustic old school country augmented by pedal steel guitar and bowed saws and sometimes colored by elem. The Handsome Family: Alternative country and Americana duo consisting of husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks formed in Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are perhaps best known for their song Far from Any Road from the album Singing Bones, which was used as the main title theme for the first season of HBO's 2014 crime drama True Detective. The band's 10th album, Unseen, was released on September 16, 2016, the first new release on the band's own label and through long-time label Loose in Europe. Far from Any Road, The Bottomle