Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future

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Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future
Studio album by The Bird and the Bee
Released January 27, 2009 (2009-01-27)
Recorded 2008; Echo Studios
(Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California)
Genre Indie pop, electronic
Length 44:54
Label Blue Note
Producer Greg Kurstin
The Bird and the Bee chronology
The Bird and the Bee
(2007)
Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future
(2009)
Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates
(2010)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club A−[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 5.4/10[7]
PopMatters 7/10[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[10]
Spin 7/10[11]

Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future is the second studio album by American indie pop duo The Bird and the Bee, released on January 27, 2009 by Blue Note Records. The album contains the two lead-off tracks from the duo's last two studio EPs: "Polite Dance Song", from Please Clap Your Hands, and "Birthday", from One Too Many Hearts.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Greg Kurstin and Inara George, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Fanfare"   0:29
2. "My Love"   3:46
3. "Diamond Dave"   3:14
4. "What's in the Middle"   3:21
5. "Ray Gun"   4:42
6. "Love Letter to Japan"   4:07
7. "Meteor"   3:21
8. "Baby"   3:50
9. "Phil"   0:10
10. "Polite Dance Song"   3:47
11. "You're a Cad"   3:10
12. "Witch"   3:55
13. "Birthday"   3:48
14. "Lifespan of a Fly"   3:14

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future adapted from liner notes.[17]

The Bird and the Bee
  • Greg Kurstin – bass, engineer, guitar, keyboards, mixing, percussion, producer, programming (all tracks); backing vocals (3, 4, 5)
  • Inara George – vocals
Additional personnel
  • Mike Andrews – guitar (4)
  • Autumn de Wilde – photography
  • Megan Geer-Alsop – backing vocals (10)
  • Willow Geer-Alsop – backing vocals (4, 6, 10, 14)
  • Perry Greenfield – artist development management
  • Gordon H. Jee – creative director
  • Keith Karwelies – A&R administration
  • Carla Leighton – art direction, design
  • Alex Lilly – backing vocals (4, 6, 10, 14)
  • Gavin Lurssen – mastering
  • Gus Seyffert – guitar (10)
  • Kazumi Someya – translation (6)
  • Joey Waronker – drums (1, 9, 10)
  • Eli Wolf – A&R

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Japanese Albums Chart[18] 236
US Billboard 200[19] 78
US Alternative Albums[20] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future – The Bird And The Bee". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future – The Bird and the Bee". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 31, 2009. 
  3. ^ Koski, Genevieve (January 27, 2009). "The Bird And The Bee: Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Pastorek, Whitney (January 30, 2009). "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (2009)". Entertainment Weekly (1032–1033). Retrieved January 31, 2009. 
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (February 6, 2009). "The Bird and the Bee: Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future". The Guardian. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Wappler, Margaret (January 26, 2009). "Album review: The Bird and the Bee's 'Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved January 31, 2009. 
  7. ^ Klein, Joshua (January 30, 2009). "The Bird and the Bee: Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 5, 2009. 
  8. ^ Metivier, Michael (January 29, 2009). "The Bird & the Bee: Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future". PopMatters. Retrieved January 31, 2009. 
  9. ^ Rosen, Jody (January 21, 2009). "Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future : The Bird And The Bee". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on May 5, 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2009. 
  10. ^ Rivera, Daniel (January 26, 2009). "The Bird and the Bee: Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ Walters, Barry (January 14, 2009). "The Bird and the Bee, 'Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future' (Blue Note)". Spin. Buzz Media. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future [Vinyl]: Bird & The Bee". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future by The Bird and the Bee". iTunes Store US. Apple Inc. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Bird and The Bee – Punch You In The Eye". Last.fm. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future The Bird And The Bee [CD]". CDJapan. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Bird And The Bee – Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future" (in Korean). Synnara Eshop. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  17. ^ Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (CD liner notes). The Bird and the Bee. Blue Note Records. 2009. 50999 2 34556 2 7. 
  18. ^ "ザ・バード&ザ・ビーのアルバム売り上げランキング" [The Bird and the Bee album sales ranking] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ "The Bird and the Bee – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  20. ^ "The Bird and the Bee – Chart history: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 30, 2013.