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The Swimming Hour

Andrew Bird's Bowl Of Fire - The Swimming Hour
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2001 Ratings: #33 / 236
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
2001 Ratings: #152
Liked by 5 people
April 3, 2001 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rykodisc / Label
Chamber Pop / Genre
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This is one of my favorite albums of all time. It has subtle influences of indie rock, chamber pop, gospel, and blues. Its one that has a lot of importance to me. In February 2001 this was the first record that I preordered and picked up from the record store. I later booked some tickets to a con where Andrew bird was at to see if he could sign it. I finally got to the booth where he was at and I was greeted by someone who looked nothing like andrew bird. I was confused at first, just like I ... read more


An introduction to Andrew (and his last record with his Bowl of Fire band) for much of a generation, it still remains one of his most eclectic works. He possesses a calm, sophisticated, and mature cool that exceeds his years. These songs often sound like they were written in an entirely different generation where boys and girls would awkwardly stare at each other across the room at a sock hop function waiting for someone to work up the courage for a dance. A nearly flawless opening run and only ... read more


The Beatles' influence is very clear to me in this album. It does a lot of very cool things with the guitar work by incorporating some blues themes to the chamber pop style. The changing of influences in this album keep it fresh from the first song to the last.

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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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Added on: July 31, 2014