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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. First Nirvana's Lithium came up, then Carmichael by Neil Young, then Powder Keg by the Fall, and listening to the three of them made me realize just what an enervating experience it had been listening to Andrew Bird's latest.
I bought it on the strength of reviews that made it sound interesting. For me, the reviews proved more interesting than the music itself. The tunes are quite pretty and the violin playing is very good, but the songs in their entirety all fall short. They're sort of sweet in a Rilo Kiley/James Blunt sort of way. A bit limp. A bit vacuous. In short, unlike the three artists listed above, there is no passion. While Kurt Cobain is pleading with someone to 'throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back', Andrew bird is asking his listeners to 'soldier on'. And that's just how it felt listening to the entire album.
And as for the whistling! I always have a problem when a song breaks into la-la-la-ing. It suggests the writer couldn't be bothered with the lyrics. Whistling is far worse. That was what stopped this being a 3-star review. Maybe it's intended as a joke - someone called Bird who whistles. Maybe not. Whatever, it's truly horrible.