My Finest Work Yet

Andrew Bird - My Finest Work Yet
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #234 / 771
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Based on 294 ratings
2019 Ratings: #333
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A.V. Club

Bird has released live recordings before, but the 10 tracks that make up My Finest Work Yet feel even more present, more in the moment, while never sacrificing any musicianship.


This album is less a niche corner of the folk genre and more an illustrious banner for all to appreciate.


Blending themes of politics and modern science into his fashion of storytelling, My Finest Work Yet is a true tour de force.


Bird isn't afraid of melodrama or broad gestures, yet his emotional force is carefully focused and purposeful in these sessions, and this work speaks to the heart as well as the intellect.


The title may well have been chosen ironically, but this is indeed his finest work yet – whatever your stance on whistling may be.

Drowned in Sound

It’s a piece of masterful craftsmanship tucked snugly into the singer-songwriter tradition, filled with country-soul ballads and grungy laments driven by jangly guitars, family band harmonies, rumbling pianos and cinematic string passages that should appeal broadly to fans of the genre without alienating his own die-hards.


After a string of releases that sometimes felt like hearing Bird think himself in circles, the singer-songwriter relaxes into his most plainly and darkly funny album in a long time.

Consequence of Sound

My Finest Work Yet is a strong collection of music buoyed by Bird’s mastery as a musician, recognizable whistling melodies, and , thoughtful lyrics.

The Line of Best Fit

Bird's vulnerability has been switched out for a fighting spirit, a steeliness and resolve that powers the whole record.

Spectrum Culture

My Finest Work Yet is his first proper record since 2016’s Are You Serious and finds Bird as charming as always, but a tad lost.

Have A Nice Life Called, they want their album cover back

Shit this was actually really dope
Waddup! Its Bird Watcher 2000, not at all related to any other character! Today we're looking at the "Andrew Bird"

The Andrew Bird flies around the southern United States, and imitates the sounds heard in that region quite well. Replicating perfect copies of the folk music "sound" in it's call. It also has been know to "steal" from people. More spesificly "stealing" album art.

The Andrew Bird is quite the delightful find, seeing it is will sure remind ... read more
Even after my first listen through, I could tell "My Finest Work Yet” is very special and definitely a contender for my AOTY.

I get great comfort from the beautifully descriptive, intelligent and darkly humorous lyrics (or the odd whistling freestyle). Plus, there's a good few memorable singalong choruses and hooks to keep you engaged.
I love the production choices, brilliant singing and sometimes quirky instrumentation ( i.e Fallorun's intro) from start to finish.

Every song ... read more

EDIT: It's actually better than I thought it would be.
Andrew Bird is one of my favourite artists of all time.
It's not very often that a Virtuoso makes good music for some reason (for example look at Kenny G, Yngwie Malmsteem or any number of opera singers who decide to make their own albums. But Andrew Bird is the exception to this rule.
Not many people would dispute the claim that Bird is one of the most skilled violin players alive or even throuhgout history his classical training under the rigourus suzuki method leads him to shred seering hot ... read more
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Added on: February 7, 2019