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* * * * * Andrew Bird * * * * *

Chicago, United States Andrew Bird (born July 11, 1973) is an American musician. He was born in Illinois and resides in the Chicago area. Bird is a singer-songwriter, a violinist and, since 2004, a guitarist. He also is an accomplished whistler. His early work, which echoed gypsy jazz and traditional folk, has led into his current sound, which mixes rock with more broad compositions. His years of solo song-craft have now enabled him to produce a sound that is uniquely his own.

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. Vastly different from his later releases, this first album showcases his violin skills and pays tribute to his fascination with both American and European folk traditions, as well as jazz and blues.

His initial commercial exposure was in collaborative work with the band Squirrel Nut Zippers. He was quickly lumped in with the swing craze that swept the United States music industry in the mid ’90s; this is an affiliation that he is still working to shed. Taking on the role of band leader in 1997 with Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, he released the album Thrills. This was followed by Oh! The Grandeur in 1998. Both albums were heavily influenced by traditional folk, pre-war jazz and swing, with Bird relying on the violin as his primary musical instrument.

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[ Pitchfork ] Break It Yourself, his latest album, opens with a song that jumps right into these kinds of concerns. “Desperation Breeds” wrings more than a little haunt out of the precipitous loss of bee populations, and from there, we’re off to the races, winding through ruminations on the way death’s promised end point can inject meaning into life’s mundane moments (“Near Death Experience Experience”), to “Sifters”, whose point that the “moon plays the ocean like a violin” works both metaphorically and literally. Certain themes recur. One is the slipperiness of truth and memory– “Lazy Projector” throws itself straight into wondering how much of our memory is our own, while “Lusitania”, a duet with St. Vincent, transposes the thought to collective memory, capping a verse that touches on events from World War I and the Spanish-American War with the line, “We don’t study these wars no more.”

Another recurring theme is perhaps more germane to the sound of the album. There are several moments where Bird seems to grapple with his own decision to distance himself from the world on his farm. He’s working much more collaboratively with a band on some songs here than he has in a long time. Lead single “Eyeoneye” is a pretty straightforward indie rock track by his standards, though honestly its bashing straightforwardness makes it one of the least captivating songs here.

Still, though, when on “Danse Carribe” he sings, “Then one day you’d had it/ Exiled your closest advisors,” it sounds like he’s talking to himself, even as his band builds around him. The song is one of his best, picking up a completely unexpected Afro-Caribbean groove halfway through, then mixing it with the type of fairly traditional fiddling he hasn’t done much of since he went off on his own and rebuilt his tonal vocabulary around his layered violin, whistling, and glockenspiel.

The fact that he has his own sound is essential to making all this work. A lot of people I know find Bird’s lyrical flights unpalatable, and many feel the same about the whistling, but for me, it all amounts to a constructed world that sounds outré at first but winds up being a startlingly astute reflection of our own as you settle into it. The world is so much stranger than we commonly assume, and I like that Bird points his lights into the quantum corners to gain a different perspective, and does it while committing to the quirks of his own strange sound. That strange sound becomes positively majestic on “Hole in the Ocean Floor”, an eight-minute fever dream that caps the album with just a few words scattered through the soundscape of looped and layered violins. It’s a piece of music no one else could have made, on an album no one else could have made. And it’s a little like the world– the longer you live with it, the more the details become apparent and the more you can feel it all working together.

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Artist – Andrew Bird
Album – Break It Yourself
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

01. Desperation Breeds…
02. Polynation
03. Danse Caribe
04. Give it Away
05. Eyeoneye
06. Lazy Projector
07. Near Death Experience Experience
08. Behind the Barn
09. Lusitania
10. Orpheo Looks Back
11. Sifters
12. Fatal Shore
13. Hole in the Ocean Floor
14. Belles
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Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself
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Artist – Andrew Bird
Album – Fingerlings 4
Release Date – 2010
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

01 Dance of Death
02 Master Sigh
03 Make Hay
04 You Woke Me Up!
05 Danse Carribe
06 The Barn Tapes
07 The Sifters
08 Carrion Suite
09 Meet Me Here at Dawn
10 Oh Baltimore
11 Section 8 City
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Andrew Bird – Fingerlings 4
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Artist – Andrew Bird
Album – Daytrotter Session
Release Date – 2007
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

1 – Fiery Crash
2 – Lull
3 – A Breaks B
4 – Plasticities
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Andrew Bird – Daytrotter Session Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Andrew Bird
Album – Music of Hair
Release Date – 1996
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

01 Nuthinduan Waltz 4:58
02 Ambivalence Waltz 2:27
03 Oh So Insistent 3:52
04 Rhodeaoh 4:41
05 Two Sisters 4:17
06 St. Francis Reel 3:08
07 Ratitat / Peter’s Wolf / Oblivious Reel 5:17
08 The Greenhorn / Exile of Erin / Glasgow Reel 4:15
09 Pathetique 4:07
10 Song of Foot 2:55
11 Minor Beatrice 9:58
12 Oh So Sad 5:49
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Andrew Bird – Music of Hair Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Andrew Bird
Album – The Ballad of the Red Shoes
Release Date – 2002
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

1 Theme 1 (Waltz) 1:54
2 Something Sinister 1:37
3 Chorus Of The Swan 2:43
4 Theme 1 (Restated) 0:49
5 Dance Of Death 1:33
6 The Door 2:10
7 Swedish Folk Tune 1:27
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Andrew Bird – The Ballad of the Red Shoes Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Andrew Bird
Album – Weather Systems
Release Date – 2003
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

1 First Song 4:19
2 I 3:13
3 Lull 5:09
4 Action/Adventure 4:04
5 Untitle Track1:36
6 Skin 2:53
7 Weather Systems 6:31
8 Don’t Be Scared 3:40
9 Untitle Track 5:10
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Andrew Bird – Weather Systems Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Andrew Bird
Album – Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs
Release Date – 2005
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

01 √ 1:05
02 Sovay 4:41
03 A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left 4:59
04 Fake Palindromes 2:52
05 Measuring Cups 2:51
06 Banking on a Myth 4:28
07 Masterfade 4:10
08 Opposite Day 4:31
09 Skin Is, My 3:36
10 The Naming of Things 4:57
11 MX Missles 4:21
12 ~ 1:08
13 Tables and Chairs 4:44
14 The Happy Birthday Song 5:03
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Andrew Bird – Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Andrew Bird
Album – Armchair Apocrypha
Release Date – 2007
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

01 Fiery Crash 4:11
02 Imitosis 4:00
03 Plasticities 4:27
04 Heretics 3:32
05 Armchairs 7:01
06 Dark Matter 5:05
07 Simple X 3:40
08 The Supine 0:59
09 Cataracts 3:11
10 Scythian Empire 4:31
11 Spare-Ohs 4:07
12 Yawny at the Apocalypse 3:39
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Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Andrew Bird
Album – Noble Beast
Release Date – 2009
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

01 Oh No 4:20
02 Masterswarm 6:35
03 Fitz and the Dizzyspells 3:36
04 Effigy 5:06
05 Tenuousness 3:51
06 Nomenclature 2:54
07 Ouo 0:20
08 Not a Robot, but a Ghost 5:37
09 Unfolding Fans 0:57
10 Anonanimal 4:47
11 Natural Disaster 4:18
12 The Privateers 3:24
13 Souverian 7:18
14 On Ho! 1:08
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Andrew Bird – Noble Beast Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Andrew Bird
Album – Useless Creatures
Release Date – 2009
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

1 – Master Sigh
2 – You Woke Me Up
3 – Nyatiti
4 – The Barn Tapes
5 – Carrion Suite
6 – Spinney
7 – Dissent
8 – Hot Math
9 – Sigh Master
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Andrew Bird – Useless Creatures Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Andrew Bird’s Bowl Of Fire
Album – Thrills
Release Date – 1998
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

01 Minor Stab 5:26
02 Ides of Swing 2:45
03 Glass Figurine 3:24
04 Pathetique 4:31
05 Depression-Pasillo 3:32
06 50 Pieces 3:26
07 A Woman’s Life and Love 4:25
08 Swedish Wedding March 2:32
09 Eugene 4:14
10 Gris-Gris 3:27
11 Cock O’ the Walk 2:53
12 Nuthinduan Waltz 3:01
13 Some of These Days
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Andrew Bird’s Bowl Of Fire – Thrills Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Andrew Bird’s Bowl Of Fire
Album – Oh! The Grandeur
Release Date – 1999
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

01 Candy Shop 3:42
02 Tea & Thorazine 4:16
03 Wishing for Contentment 3:11
04 Wait 4:47
05 The Idiot’s Genius 2:33
06 Vidalia 2:50
07 Beware 4:21
08 Dora Goes to Town 3:03
09 Feetlips 3:05
10 And So… 1:24
11 Coney Island Shuffle 5:00
12 Respiration 2:09
13 (What’s Your) Angle? 3:28
14 The Confession 5:04
15 Beware (Reprise) / Drinking Song (In the Grande Style) 5:45
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Andrew Bird’s Bowl Of Fire – Oh! The Grandeur Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Andrew Bird’s Bowl Of Fire
Album – The Swimming Hour
Release Date – 2001
Genre – Singer-song writer, Chamber Pop, Alternative, Mod-folk, Chamber-folk, Experimental

Tracklist

01 Two Way Action 4:42
02 Core and Rind 3:02
03 Why ? 3:31
04 11:11 3:34
05 Case in Point 4:49
06 Too Long 2:33
07 Way Out West 4:06
08 Waiting to Talk 4:13
09 Fatal Flower Garden 4:43
10 Satisfied 3:17
11 Headsoak 3:53
12 How Indiscreet 4:24
13 Dear Old Greenland 3:28
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Andrew Bird’s Bowl Of Fire – The Swimming Hour Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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