Multi-Talented Musician Andrew Bird’s New Album: ‘Break it Yourself’

Many people can call themselves Multi-instrumentalists, some of the notable multi-instrumentalists are Prince, Stevie Wonder, and the great Madman Frank Zappa. But none are more unique in this generation than, Andrew Bird. Bird’s technique on violin and guitar are truly his own, and add a certain flare mostly seen in bluegrass and country music. Did we also mention Bird is an excellent whistler, yes that kind of whistler. Bird who got his start in Chicago, found himself a career that has lasted sixteen plus years. His career has included work with his band Bowl of Fire, a vast Catalogue of solo work, and numerous appearances as a session musician. Last week Bird released his seventh studio album entitled ‘Break it Yourself’ (Mom+Pop). ‘Break it Yourself’ is a tremendous effort featuring fourteen truly unique tracks.

The album starts with the track ‘Desperation Breeds…’ which has a very odd intro, that consists of atmospheric noises and a violin that is being plucked. Around the two minute mark of the track, we see a really interesting musical break, which includes a syncopated beat and tremendous guitar, violin, bass, and drum work. The bass in the song is truly driving and moves throughout. One of my favorite parts of the track is the violin solo which features a great deal of trills, which add an aspect of suspense. This aspect of suspense is only increased when what sounds like a Theremin is added into the mix.  The next track to take note of is entitled ‘Danse Caribe’ which literally translates to: ‘Caribbean Dance’. The song itself follows a traditional folk sound till about the 2:06 mark when Bird’s violin imitates the sound of the traditional Caribbean steel Pan or Drum. We also get the first taste of Bird’s whistling talent in this song. The next track to take note of is the seventh track ‘Near Death Experience Experience’. The track starts out with the plucked violin, which sounds doubled by either an electric violin or guitar. The rest of the instruments eventually kick in and Bird’s vocals take an interesting turn around the 2:15 mark, when they are harmonized with a very sweet sounding female voice.  The album is finished off by the three minute piece ‘Belles’. The song is very atmospheric and draws the listener in with a soft ambient background, while bells are played over top.

Overall I love this album because of its uniqueness. It truly is a must listen! Eventually, I think you’ll see more of Bird, but for now he’s one of music’s best kept secrets.

-B. Harlow

Check Out the Track ‘ Near Death Experience Experience’ Below:

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79 thoughts on “Multi-Talented Musician Andrew Bird’s New Album: ‘Break it Yourself’

  1. My family members always say that I am wasting my time here at web, however I know I am getting knowledge every day by reading such fastidious content.

  2. @musicially diverisified Hi there, here’s the link to the my micro review of Andrew Bird’s “Break It Yourself”: http://wp.me/pO7Ho-oJ

    Let me know what you think.

    Thanks

    Liam

  3. […] Andrew Bird ‘Break It Yourself’:Many people can call themselves Multi-instrumentalists, some of the notable multi-instrumentalists are Prince, Stevie Wonder, and the great Madman Frank Zappa. But none are more unique in this generation than, Andrew Bird. Bird’s technique on violin and guitar are truly his own, and add a certain flare mostly seen in bluegrass and country music. Did we also mention Bird is an excellent whistler, yes that kind of whistler. (KEEP READING) […]

  4. liv4music says:

    I just saw Bird perform in KCMO on the 23rd. What a performance. Maybe checking out my review of the show will convince more people to see him live, an experience that allows for a new and fuller appreciation of his music.

    Nice post!

  5. liv4music says:

    I just went to his show when he played in KCMO, on the 23rd. What a performance! Maybe reading a review will convince new listeners to see him live…it really introduced a new and fuller appreciation for his music. http://www.liv4music.wordpress.com

    Nice Post!

  6. Knoob says:

    He’s also like SUPER HOT. Not that it matters, of course.

    Nice review! I think you’ll also like Daniel Rossen’s new EP.

  7. Oh my. Andrew Bird, we met just today and already the relationship has spiralled out of control. Out of control, I tell you. My favourites (so far): Noble Beast, Take Courage, Soldier On, Make Hay, A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left, Imitosis, Nyatti, The Trees Were Mistaken.

    Sweet Seredipty.

  8. Nice review. This is the first Bird album I’ve heard properly and I’m very impressed a truly unique artist. Will be posting my own micro review soon.

  9. That world-class whistler woos me every time.

  10. Navi says:

    i absolutely love andrew bird, unlike most musicians his work keeps evolving and changing but still stay true to his inner essence. and thank you for not mixing a 2’30’ for the radio…. i know he’s been a bit more mainstream lately but that doesn’t take away from his awesome style!

  11. michaelangelowrites says:

    This is something you won’t love on the first listen but you’ll definitely love it on the second and third try. Then, you won’t know you’re hooked to it.

  12. littletipple says:

    I’ve got the mysterious production of eggs, and that’s one of my favourite albums – having seen this, it’ll definitely be a purchase very shortly! thanks for the write up, and it’s great to get such a thorough breakdown of the music!

  13. sam says:

    This is a really good read for me, Must admit that you are one of the best bloggers I ever saw.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. I’ve loved Andrew Bird since 2001 when I married my husband. He was okay with that. And the woman who turned me on to Bird was living with my then-fiancee and had a massive crush on him. I was okay with that. Kinda. But the parties were great. Needless to say, Bird always stirs up a complex range of emotions. Anyway … thanks for the review. Good times.

  15. I am very behind on my music at the moment. I didn’t realise he had another album out. I have both Nobel beast and Mysterious Production of Eggs. I love them both. I think I am going to have to go out and get this. Thanks!

  16. He is amazing!!! This album and the others too. Noble Beast, The Swimming Hour…Love his music!!

  17. DyingNote says:

    I heard Andrew Bird online on podcasts after the release of his latest album. I believe he played at last week’s SxSW too. I’m hooked on ‘Break It Yourself’. Thanks for getting him more and well-deserved coverage.

  18. boatengmuwa says:

    goood post and good musci also! 😉

  19. Saw him on Colbert last week!

  20. juju says:

    Best music genre ever.

  21. Erika says:

    Thank you so much for writing this! I am traveling in Thailand and haven’t heard this album at all yet 😦
    The bird man makes everything better! I have seen him three times in concert, and each time was better than the last. He really is one of a kind, and quite glorious. Talented beyond belief, and the whistling!
    Check out this video on BLOGOTEQUE if you haven’t seen it…

  22. wormbook22 says:

    This is great 😀 It took me quite a while to realize he was playing the violin ^^
    Gonna listen to AB’s music more 🙂

  23. meghanalfano says:

    Such a wonderful album. good post!!

  24. Nancy Hovde says:

    Love this new one … “Near Death Experience” … instantly feel happy when listening. Thank you AB!

  25. entermyplace says:

    Love AB’s songs!
    1st time found “Lull” from my friend’s collection then start searching more from internet.
    *AB* = Andrew Bird; just the way I keep his album easily to pick from my playlist folder.

  26. bmc55 says:

    Nice post – I like to see someone as “musically diversified” as Andrew Bird getting more attention and I see that you are introducing him to some people! By the way I have of late begun some fairly in depth attempts at interpreting songs from Noble Beast which I find fascinating. Many people think he is just into making rhymes with whatever words work but I think he is as precise with picking words as he is with picking notes. I think his lyrical statements are as profound as his musical compositions. Thanks. manifestpropensity.wordpress.com

  27. A says:

    Great post! I’ve been listening to a lot of his stuff ever since I heard him via Daytrotter back in 2007ish. He’s a lot like the Squirrel Nut Zippers, if you’ve ever listened to them. If not, I would recommend!

    A.
    eventheartichoke.wordpress.com

  28. hewhit says:

    Reblogged this on legohjapandotcom and commented:
    gotta do somthin

  29. Katy Raynes says:

    I love Andrew Bird so much. Break It Yourself is awesome. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!
    If you’re interested, you should check out my review of the album:
    http://katomckracken.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/why-andrew-bird-is-the-cleverest-of-them-all-break-it-yourself/
    Partially out of shameless self-promotion and partially because I want to know your thoughts! So few of the people I know listen to Andrew Bird, so I get excited when someone else loves him as much as I do.
    Congrats again!

  30. […] Break It Yourself. He uses atmospheric noise like an artist throughout his music tracks. Take a listen to his […]

  31. roberto88264 says:

    Beautiful post. Good work. Compliments. Greetings from Italy!

  32. Aidyearts says:

    Never heard his songs and good to know !! 🙂 something new style to me !

  33. rommel says:

    Nice to know he’s back. I like his performance in FromTheBasement.

  34. You are the second blogger to recommend Andrew Bird to me. Largely unknown in the UK (I think) but he shouldn’t be! Love his lyrics and the warm quality in his voice. Love your blog by the way!

  35. Great review. I’ll check out the album.

  36. jay271984 says:

    I just found out about this guy on The Late Show. I loved his performance of his song “EyeonEye.” I am slowly turning over a new leaf from what I usually listen to, which is heavy metal. Talk about way outside my realm, but I still love it!

  37. If you enjoy his album(s) you MUST see him live. In any venue, at any time. But, if it’s a solo show-I would drop everything and go.

  38. ginnyazile says:

    I discovered Andrew Bird a little over 4 years ago… by accident really. Just kind of tooling around on itunes and came across his Mysterious Production of Eggs album. It was instant love.
    Love for his diversity and uniqueness, and for his abilitly to make absolutely every song his very own. I doubt the pop culture could ever get to this gem of a musician, for he will forever whistle away to his own tune.

  39. I’ve been waiting to hear this one, and your review confirms my suspicions that I will like it very much indeed. From your description and the few songs I’ve already heard floating around online, it sounds good to me!

  40. When I first discovered him I couldn’t stop talking about him but it all came out in a blathering way. He’s almost undefinable, but your description comes pretty close! Great review!

  41. Claudia says:

    I have a few of his older songs, but I must admit he’d fallen off my radar until he was a guest on The Colbert Report a few nights ago. He *is* a really unique musician.

    Nice review, I’ll have to pick up the new album!

  42. I’ve listened to a couple tracks which were all awesome on this album but what really has me convinced that I need to check out Andrew Bird’s back catalogue was his appearance on The Muppets Sountrack with “The Whistling Caruso”. I wrote about what a joyful experience that soundtrach is at my blog http://unnecessarywords.com/2012/03/13/the-indescribable-joy-of-listening-to-the-muppets-sountrack-described/ if you wanna check it out.

    Loved the review, thanks!

  43. bnichefix says:

    A secret no longer, thanks to you. I am really enjoying this!

  44. The Hook says:

    He certainly looks like a musician! Great review!

  45. wildapplause says:

    no comparison. just enjoy it!

  46. mawalker83 says:

    I love this guy’s live shows. He’s a real talent.

  47. Oh I’m so excited to be the first to comment on this. I love Andrew Bird, his voice is heavenly. I enjoy that he isn’t overly mainstreamed. Not to sound all “hipster” I just like that he’s very low key. Thank you for posting this, wonderful stuff!

  48. Am I revealing myself as a total boob by not knowing who this guy is? So who would you say is closest to him in style — someone this boob might actually know? 😉

    I’m really interested, especially after seeing your post tagged with both “pop” and “folk.” Fascinating…

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