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Birds [Limited Edition CD + DVD] [Australian Import] Limited Edition, PAL, Import

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  • Audio CD (17 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, PAL, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000GI3Q1G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This album is my accompaniment to insomnia (not to be mixed up with being a cure for it!). Birds is one of those albums that inexplicably sounds perfect at 3am in the morning. It also sounds pretty damn good during the rest of the day as well!

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.
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Format: Audio CD
Birds is not an album to put on in the background. It needs to be listened to, rather than just being heard. There are indeed elements which sound like the Live with the CSO, but the cornerstone of that similarity is Bic's version of Nick Cave's And No More Shall We Part. The studio version of Say After Me (also on the live album) is her on Birds and, if anything, is stronger for the treatment it is given.
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.
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By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Say after me and birds, are two of the best songs she has written. The rest of the album did take a few more listens to fully appreciate but I am very glad I took the time! It has a different tone to her other albums and is every bit as good as them.
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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I came to this album having heard Bic's previous releases, BEAUTIFUL COLLISION and DRIVE. I think a lot of people, in this country at least, come to her music after hearing her beautiful song, "Sway" which appreared on the soundtrack for American Pie. Although I had her 2 other albums, I have to admit that I was dubious about buying this CD. For me, the problem is that, while she creates brilliant tracks like "Sway", she also creates tracks that are easily forgotten a more than a little lack lustre. However, with BIRDS, I have to say that I was more than pleasantly surprised.

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.
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