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Armchair Apocrypha

Andrew Bird Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (31 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fargo
  • ASIN: B000MR9E7Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Plasticities
4. Heretics
5. Arm-Chairs
6. Darkmatter
7. Simple
8. The Supine
9. Cataracts
10. Scythlan Empire
11. Spare-Ohs
12. Yawny At The Apocalypse

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as Odd but more Uneven 14 May 2007
By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
When your principal instruments are violin, glockenspiel and whistling, you can be entitled to have an idiosyncratic approach to songwriting. Having recorded three albums taking in swing, jazz and rock `n' roll with his band, Bowl of Fire, Andrew Bird has moved into more restrained singer-songwriter territory with his solo albums. Armchair Apocrypha is the latest entry in that series, and the result is probably his most commercial (and, sadly, his least enthralling) album so far.

Laconic, knowing, inventive, clever ... Bird plays initially to the same audience as Rufus Wainwright, imbuing his songs with a world-weariness that is nicely undercut by his ear for melodic lines. Why, then, does he include two songs in the first three that sound like conventional guitar-driven alternative pop? "Fiery Crash" and "Plasticities" (sandwiching a song that, while strong, is a reworking of one from Bird's earlier Weather Systems album) make for a poor introduction to the new album. If commercial considerations have influenced the programming, then they have not necessarily been thought through.

With "Heretics" things settle down to a more familiar pattern, with Bird's violin taking centre stage. Things improve further with "Armchair", a long central ballad that is this album's most convincing track. The textures, built on gently revolving sounds (Bird is no stranger to the loop sampler), provide a suitably aquatic medium for a striking lyric gently supported by piano doubling. One is forcibly reminded of Rufus, not least in the fact that the brief guitar figure seems to ape the opening bar of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year 2 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to stumble across some Andrew Bird stuff this year and boy am I glad. For me, it's probably the best album I've heard since 'Gold' (the Ryan Adams Gold that is; not Abba Gold. Mind you, it's very good too).
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4.0 out of 5 stars From a new fan 31 Aug 2007
By layla
Format:Audio CD
Although I know Andrew Bird's been around for a while, this is the first album that I've bought of his. His previous work didn't really appeal to me in the past (I have to admit, I had only listened to a couple of his songs though). Then I heard "Heretics" and I was instantly hooked. I had to purchase the album and I'm glad I did, 'cos this album doesn't disappoint. Plasticities is actually one of my favourites, along with Heretics, Armchairs and Cataracts. I now plan to purchase the rest of his back catalogue.
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