- Vinyl (3 Feb. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Fat Possum/Red
- ASIN: B001LTVBWU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Noble Beast [VINYL]
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It starts off with Oh No and its great chorus of 'Arm in arm we are the harmless sociopaths', Lyrically its pretty good as well. On Masterswarm his voice reminds me of Thom Yorke for some reason at the beginning.
Fitz and Dizzy Spells is a great feel good number that bounces along and is one of my personal favourites. The album veers between feelgood and the heavier numbers. Both work well. It reminds me of of It's Heavy in Here - by Eric Matthews It's Heavy in Herefor some reason. I think its the way it uses strings and tracks start and never end in the same way. The best example of this is my personal favourite Anonanimal. Again there are echos of Radiohead here towards the end when the drums kick in and we could be listening to something from Hail to the Thief.
The more I listen the more I pick out. And having seen the live version of Andrew Bird I must say I can't wait for a new offering.
understands and values the gentle art of whistling.
Bird by name and bird by nature. This most eminently portable
of musical instruments has all but disappeared from the world.
My own Father could whistle well and passed on the gift to me.
That this simple and highly effective tool is kept alive and
utilised substantially on 'Noble Beast' deserves our applause !
Hand-clapping, too, gets more than a little piece of the action.
These spartan skills, combined with the artist's multi-instrumental
capabilites, have amalgamated in a collection of 12 fine songs
(and two brief sonic interludes) of which he can be very proud.
I understand that this is Mr Bird's fifth studio album.
I have to admit that this is my first encounter with his work
and that his devotees will already be far ahead of me in their
understanding and appreciation of his labours.
What I have heard here, however, is clear evidence of a major talent.
This is classy songwriting which doesn't need to declare itself
from the rooftops or dress up in gaudy fashionable vestments.
The melodies are inventive and strong; the arrangements occasionally
complex but always lucid.
Mr Bird's highish tenor voice communicates the warmth,
invention and good humour of his lyrics with alacrity.
So many treats here it's hard to know quite where to start.
'Nomenclature', despite its relative brevity, is an absolute
jewel of a song. Violin, percussion and exqusite harmonies
coalesce in a truly memorable performance.Read more ›
If I had to choose highlights, I might go for the catchy Fitz And The Dizzy Spells, the experimental Radiohead like sound of Not A Robot, But A Ghost or the simply beautiful The Privateers. However, that would be to ignore all the other brilliant tracks herein, which make choosing highlights seem somewhat churlish. Indeed I would be hard pressed to name another album completely devoid of weaker tracks. Put simply, this is one of the best albums I have heard. Ever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Comparisons are odious, as someone famous once said, but sometimes they are revealing. After listening to Noble Beast twice, I stuck the ipod on shuffle. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2009 by Twig
This the first album by Andrew Bird I have heard. It made me want to hear more. Beautiful.Published on 11 Jun. 2009 by Tess Cooper
Having recently caught many people's attention on the live music TV show, From The Basement, Andrew Bird's captivating performance whetted the appetite for his fifth solo studio... Read morePublished on 28 April 2009 by Mr. Gideon D. Brody
Like all good folk-influenced music, Bird has crafted an album which places great importance on the lyrics. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2009 by Gannon
Andrew Bird has produced another great album. More 'mainstream' i guess but is still on a par with th Mysterious Production Of Eggs and Armchair Apocrypha. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2009 by Mr. T. Readhead