The Swimming Hour

Andrew Bird - The Swimming Hour
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Based on 6 reviews
2001 Ratings: #6 / 173
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Based on 14 ratings
April 3, 2001 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rykodisc / Label
Chamber Pop / Genres
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It's fascinating to go back and listen to "The Swimming Hour," which is both a transitional record and a fantastic one. Andrew Bird's signature chamber folk/baroque pop style, developed to perfection over his subsequent two records, percolates through a wild tour of several American popular music genres. It never seems like he's trying on costumes; rather, he bends the genre to fit his voice and his sound. Combined with some of the best melodies and lyrics of his career, "The ... read more
11:11 blew me away when I first heard it, and was my first introduction the the Bowl of Fire. This album sticks due to its "jukebox" nature, which really shows off Bird's range.

Top album from his Bowl of Fire days.
Definitely one of Andrew Bird's most focused and energetic records. The production is miles ahead of his newer records. His trademark violin sticks around but it feels less intrusive due to the diverse instrumentation that shines through on here.

Andrew Bird, known for his really deep lyricism, is much more articulate on The Swimming Hour than any other record I have heard from him.

Favorite track: Why
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Track List

  1. Two Way Action
  2. Core and Rind
  3. Why?
  4. 11:11
  5. Case in Point
  6. Too Long
  7. Way Out West
  8. Waiting to Talk
  9. Fatal Flower Garden
  10. Satisfied
  11. Headsoak
  12. How Indiscreet
  13. Dear Old Greenland
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