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Music For The Clouds and The Birds,
This review is from: Break It Yourself (Audio CD)My last encounter with Andrew Bird was with his wonderful 2009 album
'Noble Beast'. A multi-instrumentalist/composer, Mr Bird is blessed with
a beguiling sense of how to make both melody and rhythm work to his (and
our) advantage. His new recording 'Break It Yourself' takes us deeper still
into the machinations of a singular and rare musical imagination. The ambience
of the project is largely pastoral; the substantially acoustic nature of
these fourteen compositions both tease and enchant with their varied textures
and elusive moods. To top it all Mr Bird has a very fine voice; clear and
unaffected and sincere (he also continues to employ the all-but-lost art of
whistling - Bird by name, bird by nature I guess - which wins him further points!)
Opening track 'Desparation Breeds...' is a stunner. Studded with pizzicato
violin accents and haunting harmonies, the staccato arrangement forms a
perfect scaffold for the magical central vocal performance. The blissfully
simple 'Danse Carribe' is full of warm sunshine and breaking waves and seems
to have been touched by the sensibility of 'Astral Weeks'-era Van Morrison.
'Lazy Projector' sports a delightful tune (and yet more whistling!) whose
timeless quality soothes like the reassuring handshake of an old friend and
final track 'Belles' conjures the long shadows of a late summer evening.
It is to 'Hole In The Ocean Floor', however, to which we must look to discover
the full range of Mr Bird's consummate artistic skills. The ecstatic violin
decorations and melismatic vocal are nothing if not a magical tours de force.
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Initial post: 21 Aug 2012 08:36:07 BDT
Red on Black says:
Wolf thanks for the excellent review. I puzzle at the lack of impact that Andrew Bird has on the listening public. I thought "Noble Beast" was splendid and have bored all comers on the wonders of "The Mysterious Production of Eggs" which should be available free on prescription. I look forward to checking out this latest release.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 08:44:45 BDT
The Wolf says:
Good to hear from you and thanks for the kind words.
Sometimes the best things dip under the radar!
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