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Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself

Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
CRITIC SCORE
79
Based on 18 reviews
2012 Rank: #87 / 664
USER SCORE
79
Based on
25 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

A beautifully free-flowing set of tunes that soar and waft like a flock of starlings, building to a quietly epic mood that is too ruminative and introspective to suffer from grandiosity. 

90
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

When the sun shines outside, I challenge you to listen to Break It Yourself and not smile.

86
Paste
Paste

Above all, Andrew Bird is a highly skilled musician capable of crafting an album full of delightful little moments that make the album worth a fair listen, and more.

80
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

By playing it straight and singing it even straighter, he’s created an intensely listenable and emotional album that’s impossible not to relate to.

80
musicOMH
musicOMH

Disparate and idiosyncratic yet still unified and every day, Break It Yourself is a record which is beguilingly simple but retains and recasts Bird’s signature complexity.

79
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

There’s an avid attention to detail, small instrumental tracks, and a wry, almost deprecated sense of humour at points.

75
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

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.

75
The 405
The 405

It represents a further fleshing out of ideas more recently explored in the career of a well recognized songwriter.

70
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

Break It Yourself often plays like being front row at the world's most engaging hootenanny.

70
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

The hooks don’t quite sink in as far as some of those on past records, and the diversity doesn’t quite match either, but the depth of the intelligent, philosophic experience grows after each listen.

50
PopMatters
PopMatters

An album with a solid first half, that restores the energy and vitality of Bird’s musical vision, and then slowly and steadily leaches that energy back out of it.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: March 6, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Mom + Pop
GENRE: Indie Folk
WEBSITE: andrewbird.net
TAGS
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 20 - American Songwriter
# 17 - Paste
MISC LISTS
# 50 - Pitchfork Readers
Track List
  1. Desperation Breeds… 
  2. Polynation 
  3. Danse Caribe 
  4. Give it Away 
  5. Eyeoneye 
  6. Lazy Projector
  7. Near Death Experience Experience 
  8. Behind the Barn 
  9. Lusitania 
  10. Orpheo Looks Back 
  11. Sifters 
  12. Fatal Shore 
  13. Hole in the Ocean Floor 
  14. Belles
Contributions By
royalflush, thisisabtlgrnd, patton
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Added on: December 6, 2011