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Learn more about Noble Beast(Bonus Tracks):

Format: CD
Sku: 210562700
UPC: 767981112497
UPC 14: 00767981112497
Release Date: 1/20/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Oh No ~ Andrew Bird
2. Masterswarm ~ Andrew Bird
3. Fitz And The Dizzyspells ~ Andrew Bird
4. Effigy ~ Andrew Bird
5. Tenuousness ~ Andrew Bird
6. Nomenclature ~ Andrew Bird
7. Ouo ~ Andrew Bird
8. Not A Robot, But A Ghost ~ Andrew Bird
9. Unfolding Fans ~ Andrew Bird
10. Anonanimal ~ Andrew Bird
11. Natural Disaster ~ Andrew Bird
12. Privateers, The ~ Andrew Bird
13. Souverian ~ Andrew Bird
14. On Ho ~ Andrew Bird
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Master Sigh ~ Andrew Bird
2. You Woke Me Up! ~ Andrew Bird
3. Nyatiti ~ Andrew Bird
4. Barn Tapes, The ~ Andrew Bird
5. Carrion Suite ~ Andrew Bird
6. Spinney ~ Andrew Bird
7. Dissent ~ Andrew Bird
8. Hot Math ~ Andrew Bird
9. Sigh Master ~ Andrew Bird
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Andrew Bird (vocals, whistling, guitar, violin); Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar, organ, bass guitar); Emil Svan?ngen, Emil Savangen (flute, background vocals); Mike Lewis , Mike Lewis (clarinet); Martin Dosh (keyboards, percussion, loops); Todd Sickafoose (double bass); David Lindvall (bass guitar); Andreas Werliin (drums); Glenn Kotche (percussion); Kelly Hogan (background vocals); Ben Martin, Tony Crow.
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: David Boucher; Mark Greenberg; Mark Nevers; Todd Sickafoose.
Muze PNote Audio Remasterers: Jeff Lipton; Maria Rice.
Muze PNote Recording information: Beech House, Nashville, TN; Berkeley Street Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Crazy Beast Studios, Minneapolis, MN; Dosh's Basement; Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN; Little Skin Hang Out, Stockholm, Sweden; The Barn; The Loft, Chicago, IL; Wall To Wall Recordings, Chicago, IL.
Muze PNote Editors: John Kelton; Todd Sickafoose.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Diana Sudyka.
Muze PNote Arranger: Andrew Bird.
Muze PNote Released in 2007, Armchair Apocrypha proved that hyper-literate singer/songwriter, genre-bending violin player, and peerless whistler Andrew Bird had found the perfect middle ground between his increasingly austere solo sets and the full-band grandeur of his days with the Bowl of Fire, a strategy he repeats with similar results on Noble Beast, his fifth full-length solo offering and second collection for the Mississippi-based Fat Possum label. Bird, a classically trained violinist since the age of four, has skillfully integrated nearly everything with strings on it into his repertoire since his conversion from the Weill and Brecht-heavy days of Music of Hair, Thrills, and Oh! The Grandeur to the semi-mainstream indie pop of The Swimming Hour, but it's his seemingly limitless capacity for manipulation of the violin that dominates Noble Beast. Opening cut "Oh No," a track that Bird began releasing sketches of months before the album's street date, may be his most successful foray into the murky world of the potentially commercial pop song yet, boasting a chorus that points directly at the Shins while maintaining the artistic integrity of the loop-happy, meticulous craftsman who fans have been watching evolve since 2003's Weather Systems. What follows is a typically eclectic batch of material that reflect Bird's own musical time line. Tracks like "Masterswarm" and "Not a Robot, But a Ghost" are proof positive that he hasn't completely abandoned his swing jazz roots, "Fitz and the Dizzyspells" could very well provide audiences with their first opportunity to "bust a move" at a show, while "Nomenclature"'s easy country-folk front half dissolves into a rear end that wouldn't seem out of place on a late-'90s Radiohead album. Throughout it all Bird rhymes -- sometimes to a fault -- like a history or biology professor ("From proto-Sanskrit Minoans to porto-centric Lisboans"), rendering many of the songs clever as opposed to emotionally resonant, but whatever romance he lacks in the textual medium he more than makes up for in melody. [The deluxe version of the album includes an impressive bonus disc of instrumental works, cleverly titled Useless Creatures, which features collaborations with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and jazz bassist Todd Sickafoose.] ~ James Christopher Monger

Producer: Andrew Bird; Andrew Bird

Engineer: David Lindvall; Andreas Werlin; Dan Dietrich; David Boucher; Mark Greenberg; Mark Nevers; Andrew Bird; Tom Herbers; Ben Durrant; Jason Tobias; Dan Dietrich; Mark Greenberg; Mark Nevers; Neal Jensen

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Muppets: The Green Album
Muze Music Compilations Funny People
Muze Music Compilations Muppets (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Twistable Turntable Man:musical
Muze Music Compilations While No One Was Looking:toasting 20
Muze Music Compilations An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Edition)

Associated Artists and Works

Armchair Apocrypha ~ Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/20/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 11249
Music Label Name Label : Fat Possum
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00767981112497

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.67)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's Bird's impressionistic lyrics that carry the emotional payload. 'Nomenclature' is a sweet ballad that explodes unexpectedly."

Spin (p.94)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "With his SAT-acing vocabulary, Bird still rocks some of the best rhymes in the game....Bird's phlegmatic voice has a way of softening tragedies and soothing beasts -- natural, noble, or otherwise."

Alternative Press (p.103)
- 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Debut single 'Oh No' combines gently picked acoustic guitar, delicate beats and Bird's signature whistling to create a lush soundscape for the musician's literary lyrics to play upon."

Q (Magazine)
(p.100)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- '[T]he unhurried 'Natural Disaster' is as elegiac as pop music can be and, once it gets going, 'The Privateers' is proof that he can do thumping pop too."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.109)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "His trademark whistling and twilight violin lend a blissful sense of romantic resignation to the folky 'Masterswarm' and the gypsy-tinged 'Tenuousness'..."

Blender (Magazine)
(p.62)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "This beast takes care and feeding, but its purring tongue has hints to drop about our changing times."

Paste (magazine)
(p.50)
- "Here, Bird's arrangements are uncharacteristically subtle. Trademark orchestral swells take the backburner to confident vocals, easy melodies, guitar plucking and -- yes -- freakishly good whistling."

Clash (magazine)
(p.93)
- "Andrew Bird's latest offering plays out like a weird dream sequence. The multi-instrumentalist uses his skill to great effect..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Bird,Andrew
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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