Album Review: Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

Chicago native Andrew Fowl’s newest providing “Break it Your self” stays true to the intelligent wit and one-of-a-kind whimsy that followers have come to anticipate from his music.

As a grasp of mixing virtuoso violin enjoying and a signature whistling fashion that is seemless in its personal proper (amongst different pleasant thrives), Chook manages to all the time effortlessly keep a pop sensibility that warrants repeat enjoying with out turning into too uninteresting. It is no totally different this time round.

On “Desperation Breeds”, the album’s opener, Chook delicately ruminates on the world’s bee scarcity earlier than slowly breaking right into a excessive pitched violin squeal that dips right into a mad frenzy of his trademark fingering expertise. It virtually actually appears to channel the frustration and confusion of the bees themselves.

“Eyeoneye”, a monitor that manages to correlate heartbreak and the problems of a tumor referred to as a teratoma is as catchy as something he is accomplished up to now, if no more so. The driving pressure of the melody makes vulnerability look like a enjoyable expertise that nobody ought to miss out on. That is particularly clear in the direction of the top when he sings/chants “Go forward and defibrillate your self” earlier than the pounding drums construct to a crescendo… after which fizzle with, in fact, a light-weight whistle; as if we simply ran a hardcore marathon prefer it was nothing. Exhaustion does not exist right here, however exultation.

The hearbreak theme continues in “Close to Demise Expertise Expertise”, the place the happiness of surviving a aircraft crash is dancing “… like most cancers survivors… grateful merely to be alive”. However do not let the darkish material idiot you. The carefree temper of the track is so completely satisfied it is like skipping down a sidewalk beneath a row of apple timber. Solely when the apples hit your head do you understand the facility conveyed within the lyrics of conquer ache.

Who knew the topic of conquering worry and doubt might be so purely beautiful? Take “Deadly Shore”, the place a mellow Mr. Fowl meditates on the topic as quietly subdued as ever, however no much less emotionally highly effective as a few of his greatest tracks. The drums gently faucet together with the guitar and bass like a mild stroke on an aching again as Hen and vocalist Nora O’Connor harmonize superbly whereas repeating such lyrics as “You by no means know any doubt like we who breathe out and in”.

A welcome comeback since 2009’s “Noble Beast”, we get a report not fairly as instantly accessible or endlessly playful, however one that also stands as robust as most of his greatest work does. The small print turn into extra obvious with every pay attention, and that is when the belief units in: “Break it Your self” is not simply an album a few break-up. It is truly an entire, beating entity, not too in contrast to a coronary heart with its personal love to offer.

I personally would not need to break this type of coronary heart on my own. That is the place you, the listener, is available in… to really feel the enjoyment of heartbreak. An oxymoron that solely is sensible in Andrew Hen’s world.

Source by Justin C Pearson