Birds [Limited Edition CD + DVD] [Australian Import] Limited Edition, PAL, Import
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Fans of Bic's previous album, the stunning "Beautiful Collision", may initially be somewhat disappointed with Birds. I was lucky enough to see Bic in concert recently and she actually apologised to the audience for the depressing songs and suggested they would sound better if we were drunk. She was obviously joking, but there is an undeniable darker edge to this album and it contains nothing as radio friendly as "Get Some Sleep" or "Something Good", let alone her signiture tune "Sway". However, Birds is one of those albums that slowly gets under your skin and I now enjoy it as much, if not more than "Drive" and "Beautiful Collision".
The album begins splendidly with the first single, "Winning Arrow". While this is the closest thing to a pop song on the album, it also introduces the bittersweet tone that defines Birds with its overwhelming theme of heartbreak. The next songs, "Say After Me" and "Listen" are two of my favourites and would both make great singles. "Birds", "Ruby Nights" and "No Crying No More" showcase Bic's phenomenal vocal range to stunning effect. "Birds" is an eerie lounge song with a distinct jazz feel, while "Ruby Nights" and "No Crying No More" could almost be described as alt-country.
"If I Had You" is an exquisite love song, while "Captured" is 6 minutes of one of the finest voices in modern music. My favourite song, "That's alright", is one of the most upbeat depressive tunes I can think of, while "Blue Blue Heart" is simply depressing but irresistible.Read more ›
Like the Cave song, Birds is brooding and beautiful. It's not over produced, with the majority of it having been recorded with the whole band together as opposed to instrument-by-instrument. In particular, Neil Finn's piano work is exemplary, with always just the right contribution.
Sprightly songs don't abound but the almost-country No Crying No More and Blue, Blue Heart exhibit the lightness of touch found more on the previous album, Beautiful Collision.
Throughout the album, Bic's voice is wonderful. Real emotions abound song after song.
It's difficult to highlight any track as they all possess a richness either in sound or in the words, often both. The death of Bic's father not long before she recorded the album is reflected in some of the lyrics. This is one of the important differences from the previous album. Here, Bic displays a more mature side to her songwriting.
Overall, it's an exquisite album which demands listening. I'll admit I was quite surprised at the marked difference in tone when I first listened to it. Given proper attention, however, there are thrilling surprises on every spin.
I think this release is her most mainstream and accessible record to date. While anyone looking on Amazon can see that it has received mixed reviews, I think this CD is quite beautiful - I would even go so far as to say that I prefer this to DRIVE and BEAUTIFUL COLLISION.
Although there are songs that I tend to skip - "No Crying No More" being one of them - the songs which stand out for me are so good that I don't mind having the odd 'fillers'.
"Capture", the opening track, is just beautiful. It has become one of my favourite songs ever. As soon as I heard the lyrics the very first time I listened to it, the heartbreaking beauty of it just left me wanting more. My other favourite tracks include "If I had you", "Say after me", and "It's over".
For me, her voice on tracks such as these is just perfect.
I think if you are coming to Bic's music completely new, this is the best place to start. If you love this CD, then perhaps have a listen to her previous works. But even if, like me, you have her other music, please don't listen to this CD once and then give up. Give it a few listens, time to grow on you. If there really isn't anything on this album that moves you, I don't know what will.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another winner from Bic. I didn't think she could ever top "Beautiful Collision", and to be fair, with this album she hasn't. Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2011 by M. Cook
...this is definitely another great cd from Bic Runga. this cd has so many
gems that need to be unearthed with not a single play. Read more
I bought this album a while ago but never got round to writing a review until now.
Quite simply, it's great - beautiful, haunting and truly original. Read more
This is without any doubt my favourite album. Like other reviewers I associate it with my travels - I heard it first in New Zealand and have listened to it pretty much every day... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2006 by Burner
This is one of the most beautiful, exquisite albums. Bic's voice is haunting. Most of the album was recorded live in-studio, with New Zealand's finest musicians, including Neil Fin... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2006 by C. Mckelvie
Unlike other reviewers I discovered Bic with this album. It's gorgeous. Her voice is incredible. This is mood music of the highest calibre. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2006 by NG
I've had many albums from Amazon in the past, but never felt the urge to submit a review until now.This is a good album but at the same time one of the most disappointing. Read morePublished on 26 May 2006 by James B
what has happened to Bic Runga ?
I loved Beautiful Collison but on this album she has been suffocated by overproduction . Read more