Break It YourselfAlbum | Andrew Bird By T. Cole Rachel
Violin-infused folk strives for abject beauty.
Given that he plays a violin and has a propensity for whistling, it would be easy for Andrew Bird to make unbearably twee music. But on his seventh solo album, Bird once again proves that he can make music that is at once unbelievably precious and incredibly delicate without ever seeming overly sentimental or clichéd. The hushed bedroom Americana of "Sifters" and "Lazy Projector" are potent reminders of what an amazing voice Bird has, while "Lusitania" -- a duet with St. Vincent's Annie Clark -- is one of the loveliest songs ever written about the vagaries of memory and the inherent sadness of history. On this album Bird approaches the subject of mortality with the cleverness of a scholar, but veils his potentially gloomy ruminations in music so crystalline and lovely that even the darkest sentiments come out sounding beautiful.
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