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It starts off with Oh No and its great chorus of 'Arm in arm we are the harmless sociopaths', Lyrically its pretty good as well. On Masterswarm his voice reminds me of Thom Yorke for some reason at the beginning.
Fitz and Dizzy Spells is a great feel good number that bounces along and is one of my personal favourites. The album veers between feelgood and the heavier numbers. Both work well. It reminds me of of It's Heavy in Here - by Eric Matthews It's Heavy in Herefor some reason. I think its the way it uses strings and tracks start and never end in the same way. The best example of this is my personal favourite Anonanimal. Again there are echos of Radiohead here towards the end when the drums kick in and we could be listening to something from Hail to the Thief.
The more I listen the more I pick out. And having seen the live version of Andrew Bird I must say I can't wait for a new offering.
If I had to choose highlights, I might go for the catchy Fitz And The Dizzy Spells, the experimental Radiohead like sound of Not A Robot, But A Ghost or the simply beautiful The Privateers. However, that would be to ignore all the other brilliant tracks herein, which make choosing highlights seem somewhat churlish. Indeed I would be hard pressed to name another album completely devoid of weaker tracks. Put simply, this is one of the best albums I have heard. Ever.
Anyone who has heard the European tour release 'Soldier On' will have noted that Andrew Bird was taking a direction towards a sound that was, in general, less of the experimental and more of the melodic style, and that direction is continued with Noble Beast. 'In general' is key.. Firstly this is very unmistakebly Andrew Bird, clever and educated lyrics, the prominant use of violin and whistling, although there is more acoutic guitar used than previosly, and of course the voice that falls somewhere between Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley. Secondly it of course has a few tracks, in the middle of the album, that challenge a bit more while still being listenable; the short tracks Ouo and Unfolding Fans precede the second longest track Not A Robot, But A Ghost. And after that it winds down through the mellow again until the short violin (viola?) coda of On Ho.
And inbetween is my personal favourite, Privateers, which, as John Peel may have said, is a thing of great beauty. To give an indication of the overall quality of writing, that track has more than hint of the writing of Leonard Cohen about it, and elsewhere there are also musical leanings towards such diverse performers as Paul Simon, Donovan and others that I frustratingly can't place.
All in all this is a very approachable and listenable, and dare I even say commercial album than some of AB's previous releases, and I guess directed more to his USA audience, where he can sell out arenas and moderate sized stadia - at the date of this review the album is No. 91 on Amazon USA, and No. 568 on Amazon UK.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2009 by Twig
This the first album by Andrew Bird I have heard. It made me want to hear more. Beautiful.Published on 11 Jun. 2009 by Tess Cooper
Mr Bird is that rarest of creatures. Namely one who still
understands and values the gentle art of whistling.
Bird by name and bird by nature. Read more
Having recently caught many people's attention on the live music TV show, From The Basement, Andrew Bird's captivating performance whetted the appetite for his fifth solo studio... Read morePublished on 28 April 2009 by Mr. Gideon D. Brody
Like all good folk-influenced music, Bird has crafted an album which places great importance on the lyrics. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2009 by Gannon