- Audio CD (5 Nov. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Wegawam Music
- ASIN: B00975LJF4
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Hands Of Glory
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Hands of Glory is an eight track companion piece to his previous album 'Break It Yourself' (Bella Union). The latest album was inspired by Bird's recent "old-time" live sets; it was recorded with Bird's full band, all playing acoustic instruments, gathered around a single microphone in a church and a barn. Bird's live solo shows have been notable in that he uses a multi-track system to sample and loop his own performance. For example, he may record a snippet of his performance on violin, then play a "loop" of that sound. This provides a more full-bodied sound and aurally suggests a band performance, rather than the sound of a solo artist. Andrew Bird is a singer, a violinist and, since 2004, a guitarist, he is also an accomplished whistler. Trained by the Suzuki method from a young age and a graduate of Illinois' Northwestern University, Bird released his first solo album, Music of Hair, in 1996.
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ways, be seen as an addenda to his album 'Hands Of Glory' which saw
the light of day in March this year (and what a joy it was!). Recorded
with his live band in modest circumstances these compositions show
another side of this hugely talented artist (why isn't he better known
and loved on these shores?) There is an immediacy and intimacy about
the project which is quite delightful. In several of the songs he seems
to release his inner-cowboy. There's a sort of quirky Wild West ambience
hanging in the air, particularly in the opening track 'Three White Horses',
which ambles along with the wind in its hair, as though across a wide
open plain stretching out to an infinite and unknowable horizon. You can
almost smell the campfire! The gentle percussion, reverb-sodden electric
guitar and rich vocal harmonies light up the night sky with enormous pathos.
'Rairoad Bill' has some tasty fiddle and finger-picking and a wonderfully
hokey vocal turn; 'Orpheo' is a simple and moving ballad which wears its
heart on its sleeve with one of the sweetest melodies Mr Bird has conceived
and the gorgeous 'Spirograph' channeling Roy Orbison with its melancholy lilt.
More than an add-on, less than a fully-formed whole, 'Hands Of Glory' is
nonetheless a fine ancillary contribution to Mr Bird's fine body of work.
I would suggest you get a taster of the songs on his website and then make up your mind. You can listen to Three White Horses.
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Wow--I love all kinds of music, bluegrass included. Andrew Bird plays unusual, but recognizable, tunes, modals, etc. I play it in my car on long country drives and love it more each time I take a trip.