Noble Beast
Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2009 Rank: #263 / 807
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Based on 23 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

Mar 13, 2017
79
A patient listen for sure and a bit of a grower, but definitely a rewarding listen as well. When Bird is operating in peak musical and lyrical form, as in "Tenuousness" or "Oh No," the results are captivating.
Feb 16, 2017
cshults
80
Andrew Bird + Dosh = awesome
Apr 22, 2016*
chessmess
75
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, nor is there any precautions taken for those who would not want ... read more
Nov 25, 2015
owenmzollis
87
Favorite track: "Masterswarm"
Least favorite track: "ouo"
END OF YEAR LISTS
#5/NPR
#10/A.V. Club
#25/Stereogum
#27/The Line of Best Fit
#28/musicOMH
#44/PopMatters
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!