- Noble Beast

Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
CRITIC SCORE
75
Based on 22 reviews
2009 Rank: #207 / 769
USER SCORE
79
Based on
12 ratings

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75
Pitchfork

A long hike through the folds in Andrew Bird's brain is what you sign up for when you play one of his albums. He's been wandering that path since 2003's Weather Systems, when he retired his former band, the Bowl of Fire, and moved to Western Illinois to live with his thoughts on an old farm. On his new album, Noble Beast, Bird can sometimes seem too far inside his own head. And he also appears aware of it, addressing that solitude on "Effigy": "When one has spent too much time alone..." He doesn't answer with another lyric-- perhaps he doesn't have an answer. Instead, he lets you fill in the blank while he reels off a pretty, rustic violin figure.

chessmess
87
I really cannot believe what this album brings to the table.

It is like taking a care free tour inside Andrew Bird's head. The strong, curious personality that Bird possesses is just so delicate and begs to be explored. This is exactly what Bird does in this album. His quirky, self aware lyrics gives the album such a refreshing style that is not often experienced with a guy, that has consistently been putting out stellar albums throughout his career.

There is no censoring of his thoughts, ... read more
owenmzollis
87
Favorite track: "Masterswarm"
Least favorite track: "ouo"
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DETAILS

January 20, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
andrewbird.net / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 10 - A.V. Club
# 28 - musicOMH
# 5 - NPR
# 44 - PopMatters
# 25 - Stereogum
Track List
  1. Oh No
  2. Masterswarm
  3. Fitz and the Dizzy Spells
  4. Effigy
  5. Tenuousness
  6. Nomenclature
  7. Ouo
  8. Not a Robot, But a Ghost
  9. Unfolding Fans
  10. Anonanimal
  11. Natural Disaster
  12. The Privateers
  13. Souverian
  14. On Ho!
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