Andrew Bird has been one of the more prolific and hard-working indie songwriters of the past decade. He also has a very distinctive sound, with the prominent use of the violin and the best use of whistling in songs ever. It is this sound that has endeared him to his fans, myself included.
While his past two albums have tried to veer in a bit of different direction, with Armchair Apocrypha having a more rock sound and Noble Beast utilizing more of an orchestral bent, I am very glad to report that Break It Yourself, Bird’s sixth studio album, is a return to form. All the idiosyncratic trappings of an Andrew Bird song can be found here. Break It Yourself fits snugly into your collection – like a long-lost friend you have missed for a while. One of the more enjoyable records so far this year. I like it a whole lot.
Stream the lovely Eyeoneye below. You can also go to this website to play an interactive version of Give It Away, where you can turn on/off the vocals, guitars, and other backing instruments. Basically, you can make the song as acoustic as you want.
Andrew Bird is coming back to St Louis on 3/22 to play at the Pageant. If you haven’t had the chance to see Andrew Bird live, I strongly urge you to go if only to hear the whistling. I’ll be there. (tickets here)
In addition, Vintage Vinyl is holding a soundcheck party for Andrew Bird if you pre-buy the record. Details can be found in the Vintage Vinyl’s Facebook event here.
Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself comes out 3/6 via Mom+Pop (order here)