Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself
Like his previous albums, Break It Yourself features cerebral lyrics complemented by Bird’s violin work and whistling.
“Some will call it boring; others will call it beautiful,” said Lindsay Eanet in PasteMagazine.com. The quirky songwriter Andrew Bird is divisive that way. But on his gentle ninth album, he also crafts enough “delightful little moments” that even dissenters should lend an ear. Like his previous work, the album features cerebral lyrics complemented by Bird’s violin work and whistling. This time, the playing has an appealing looseness, and in places, the songs “punch with more clarity” than his earlier work does, said Ryan Reed in The Boston Phoenix. Bird doesn’t test “the limits of his songwriting,” though, and “it’s disappointing to see such a strong talent playing it safe.” Still, he “treads water like a pro.” “Danse Caribe” transitions from “insular strumming to tropical perkiness,” and “Desperation Breeds” is “among his finest songs—blooming from a glorious lo-fi folk haze into a laid-back jazz-fusion groove that bubbles and fizzes into string-fueled ecstasy.”