Noble Beast

Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
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Based on 23 reviews
2009 Ratings: #301 / 834
Year End Rank: #41
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Based on 31 ratings
2009 Ratings: #49
January 20, 2009 / Release Date
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Fat Possum / Label
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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.

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.
Favorite track: "Masterswarm"
Least favorite track: "ouo"
Starts out pretty weak but definitely improves near the end. Doesn't really need to be 54 minutes.
Andrew Bird + Dosh = awesome
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
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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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