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Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself

Label: Mom + Pop – MP048
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Standard 2xLP vinyl edition includes MP3 download coupon
Country: US
Released: 06 Mar 2012
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock


A1 Desperation Breeds...
Harmony Vocals – Simone White
Mixed By – Neal Jensen
A2 Polynation
A3 Danse Caribe
Drums – J.T. Bates
A4 Give It Away
Harmony Vocals – Nora O'Connor

B1 Eyeoneye
B2 Lazy Projector
Harmony Vocals – Nora O'Connor
B3 Near Death Experience Experience
Harmony Vocals – Nora O'Connor
B4 Behind The Barn

C1 Lusitania
Vocals – Annie Clark
C2 Orpheo Looks Back
Mixed By – David Boucher
C3 Sifters
Songwriter – Andrew Bird, Sharon Lanza

D1 Fatal Shore
Harmony Vocals – Nora O'Connor
Mixed By – Neal Jensen
D2 Hole In The Ocean Floor
D3 Belles

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Copyright (c) – Wegawam Music Co.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Wegawam Music Co.
Pressed By – Pirates Press – MP048-1
Bass, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals [Backing] – Mike Lewis
Cameraman – Jennifer Brandel
Co-producer, Mixed By, Recorded By [Additional] – David Boucher
Co-producer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Neal Jensen
Design – Jason Harvey
Design [Cover, Titles] – Damon Locks
Directory Of Photography, Cameraman – Aaron Wickenden
Drums – Martin Dosh
Engineer [Assistant] – Pete Mignola, Teruhisa Uchiyama
Film Editor – Tim Wheeler
Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals [Backing] – Jeremy Ylvisaker
Illustration – Jay Ryan
Mastered By – Jeff Lipton
Mastering Engineer [Assistant] – Maria Rice
Other [Cooking, Moral Support] – Wendy Lewis
Photography [Cover] – Irma Wegman Bird
Photography [Dvd Photo] – Cameron Wittig
Produced By, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Whilstling, Written-By, Songwriter – Andrew Bird

My friends had been telling me for a while that I needed to get into Andrew Bird--and I'm glad I made the plunge with this album. To be honest, I was expecting something more along the lines of Bon Iver or like Mumford & Sons but this album was a pleasant surprise. It's much more varied and nuanced than a lot of popular bands in the folk/indie/pop category---no doubt thanks in large part to how talented Bird is and how long he's been doing this.

Bird doesn't make the mistake of having a pretty but one note album. "Eyeoneye" could have been a lost R.E.M. track while "Hole In the Ocean Floor" would fit beautifully as a movie score. Overall though, whether he's focusing more on the instrumentals or singing--there's still a general vibe of relaxed calmness. The music simply makes me chill and happy.

What I really appreciate about the music is how organic it feels--it doesn't sound as much as musicians playing from sheet music as a bunch of wildly talented musicians having a jam session which gives it a unique sound.

`Desperation Breeds' starts the album off with reverbed harmonies, as if ghosts from the past are beckoning us to enter. Then plucked acoustics and Bird's nuanced croon takes us by the hand and into this new world he's created.

After the short but sweet instrumental `Polynation',

Andrew Bird takes us into the beautiful world of `Danse Caribe'.
Easily one of Andrew Bird's best tracks to date. The loose, free and collaborative vibe Bird was going for on this new album does this track justice.
`Danse Caribe' floats in our ear and takes us to a sandy, warm place. With it's caribbean vibe and floating rhythm, "You go mistaking clouds for mountains", says the whistling man with the violin.

Indeed. 'Give It Away' is reminiscent of something off of his 2001 effort Swimming Hour. A mid song rhythm shift gives this track a nice change of scenery. `

Eyeoneye' is like The Walkman's `The Rat' recorded by the Punch Brothers, at first. With heavily-reverbed electric guitar and an almost angsty tone to Bird's voice(well, as angsty as Andrew Bird can get), this is the most straightforward rock song on the album, possibly of his career to date. A great slab of indie rock goodness. Fear not, halfway through we get some patented Andrew Bird whistling and glockenspiel.

"Lazy Projector" sounds like the Cowboy Junkies covering the Pixies. Great song with beautiful backing vocals by the always lovely Nora O'Connor. `Lusitania' is a dusty little number with big drums, strummed acoustics and guest vocals by St. Vincent. A truly beautiful track and reason enough for a St. Vincent/Andrew Bird collaborative record.

Buried towards the end of this album is an 8 minute beauty called `Hole In The Ocean'.
This song combines all of the elements that make Andrew Bird's music so special: songwriting prowess, compositional muscle and cinematic storytelling through sound and fury. Musically, it's very reminiscent of Noble Beast's instrumental companion album Useless Creatures. Andrew Bird recently wrote and performed the soundtrack to the film Norman. This song is the perfect example of why he's made for scoring film.

Andrew Bird - Give It Away

Andrew Bird - Give It Away

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Andrew Bird - Eyeoneye

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Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself

at First Avenue Minneapolis 12-3-11

Andrew Bird - Lusitania - with Annie Clark of St. Vincent -
Andrew performs a new song as a duet with St. Vincent's Annie Clark. It is really really good, I've been obsessed with both of them for years! I had no idea they knew each other

Andrew Bird - Lazy Projector

Andrew Bird - Hole in the Ocean Floor + Intro (Live )

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 12 August, 2012.

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