Exclaim!-June 2005 (Toronto)

Two sisters and one "long lost" one serve up something neat right here. Two things that are hard to pull off are drama and the combination of a ton of instruments(guitar, harpsicords, clavinets, choirs and more) in a not-overdone way, but The TunaHelpers have got it pretty well down. These songs maintain the often obnoxious (but not this time)virtue of serious decadence while managing a fresh idea that's clearly right because it's just what they want to do. It's as histrionic and theatrical as high school romance, and as tragic too, but that's easy to forget because the emotion and sounds are tempered and well complemented. "I'll Have What She's Having" mixes simple pop romps like "Blueberry Head" with extravagent melodrama like the wrongly named "Circus Song". Big builds and swirling gothic instrumentals sweep up and down quickly, but it's really not too much. Fittingly, the trio incorporates sign language and puppets into their shows. This record doesn't tone the Kate Bush thing down; it just tones it differently. That's nice. - Star DT