Posts tagged: Break It Yourself

Andrew Bird – “Orpheo”

By , November 2, 2012 10:00 am

After March’s superb release Break It Yourself, one would have expected Chicago multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird to take it easy on the road for the remainder of the year, enjoying the success of the best album of his career. Instead, he just popped out another album, a so-called “companion piece” to Break It Yourself’s textured folk and fingerpicking goodness. Hands of Glory is more innately country, the rugged, sepia-tinged mirror image of Break It Yourself and one that is as effortlessly authentic as all of Bird’s discography. “Orpheo” is perhaps the best representation of Hands of Glory’s aim, a reworking of Break It Yourself’s majestic “Orpheo Looks Back” to a more rustic, contemplative acoustic shuffle. It’s lovely.

Andrew Bird – “Orpheo”

Andrew Bird – Danse Carribe

By , March 6, 2012 10:00 am

It’s usually easy for me to pick one song from a new album – highlight the obvious standout, pick one with the innately catchy melody, choose something that means something to me, etc. – so it says something when, after listening to Andrew Bird’s seventh proper solo album (tenth altogether) Break It Yourself, the only thing I wanted to post was all fourteen tracks. The good part about this problem is I could have picked any song at random and it would have been a fine representation of Bird’s Americana-tinged, baroque folk approach. Seriously, if you like what you hear, do yourself a favor and buy the whole of Break It Yourself, which comes out today. “Hole In The Ocean Floor” would have been the optimal choice, but the eight-minute-plus song length doesn’t really do itself any favors in a blog format. “Danse Carribe,” with its violin breakdown and pastoral melody, is about as good a snapshot as any of what Bird does so well.

Andrew Bird – “Danse Carribe”

2012 release, the sixth album from the Chicago-based singer/songwriter. Break It Yourself is the follow-up to his critically successful albums Noble Beast and Armchair Apocrypha. Features the single 'Eyeoneye'.
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