Albums of 2007 – Number 3: Andrew Bird

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Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha

In my mind, there is no doubt that Andrew Bird’s latest album is one of the best of 2007!!! There is such pure beauty in this album that it amazes me how Andrew Bird made it…after the promising ‘Mysterious Production Of Eggs’ album, Andrew has honed his skills and crafted an album that puts many to shame!

The layers of different instruments create a magical effect, as the sound builds up into an amazing collection of pure music…something natural and untainted, compared to the gloss of modern mainstream music! I don’t know if you can understand what i’m saying…i’m not even sure i understand what i am saying – but there is something about this album that leaves the listener lost in the sounds…mesmerised by its release of emotion and feeling…

Erm, i think i might be losing the plot a bit now…so moving on to more conventional analysis…Andrew Bird is a gifted musician, as he plays violin majestically, and his voice has obvious comparisons to Jeff Buckley, for his range and style!!! That is not all however, as Andrew is also a very talented whistler, and he often incorporates it into the music, adding a further layer to it!!!

The songs are all very strong, with my highlights being ‘Imitosis’, ‘Simple X’ and ‘Scythian Empires’, but all deserve a listen, as Andrew tries many different styles on each of his songs!

Special mention goes to the closing track ‘Yawny at the Apocalypse’, which, although it is only a short instrumental, has one of the best titles ever (in my opinion!), and has the special quality of leaving the listener wanting more and more…

‘Armchair Apocrypha’ is therefore an exciting and mesmerising listen, and is certainly one of the best albums you could hear from 2007…and Andrew Bird seems to be going from strength to strength, which suggests that we may be hearing a lot more about him from the media in the future…here’s hoping at least!!!

Number Two next…a.b…

Andrew Bird Official

Andrew Bird Myspace

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