Personnel: Andrew Bird (vocals, whistling, guitar, violin); Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Mike Lewis (tenor saxophone, background vocals); Martin Dosh (drums).
Audio Mixers: David Boucher; Neal Jensen.
Recording information: Metrosonic Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Santa Monica, CA; The Barn.
Illustrator: Jay Ryan .
Crafty violinist, minutia-loving songwriter, and peerless whistler Andrew Bird's highly anticipated sixth studio album, Break It Yourself, is his first collection of new songs since 2009's Noble Beast.
Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Bird gets direct, even confrontational. 'Desperation Breeds...' sets the tone, opening the record with a dark blast of piano-guitar discord."
Magnet (p.52) - "[A] collection of tracks that feels more raw, more freewheeling and slightly riskier....He creates textures, punctured by emotional and sonic peaks and valleys."
Uncut (magazine) (p.82) - "[T]he LP's two highlights hit a perfectly judged pitch of heartbreak: 'Lusitania', which tramps the dream prairies of early Grant Lee Buffalo, and best of all, 'Sifters', a lovely lullaby of departure..."