Bowerbirds defies a single market niche, but I've defaulted to describing them to friends as "bluesy acoustic Americana rock" - whatever that means. But their independence is one of their charms: it's difficult to find anything quite like them right now, and their emergence onto the indie scene is enormously exciting.
These musicians are the real deal: rhythmically complex, instrumentally tight, melodic yet evasive, and ultimately affecting. Their lyrics may seem uncomfortably earnest on paper, but everything just plain works when packaged together. And Bowerbirds is even better live, with impressive ensemble coordination and easy charisma.
Should you buy this album? Absolutely, without reservation. The only thing to consider is whether to buy now or wait for the Spring 2008 re-release on the Dead Oceans label, with two extra tracks promised. If you're going digital, tho, you can pick up those tracks when they're available and enjoy the rest of this fine album without delay.