Andrew Bird - Noble Beast Album Review


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Review of Noble Beast Album by Andrew Bird

Review of Andrew Bird's album 'Noble Beast' released through Bella Union.

Andrew Bird Noble Beast Album

Chicago based multi -instrumentalist and songwriter Andrew Bird has already released a wonderful collection of albums, the pinnacle arguably being 'The Mysterious Production Of Eggs' released in 2005, it's a elegant and clever album, to compare his writing on it, you wouldn't be too far away to say he's a muso version of Jeff Buckley.

Noble Beast is his new addition, perhaps a bit of a departure from his usual song writing, and it's not a fully welcome, In Bird's previous work, he's always been pretty self-sufficient, now he's added more members, (musicians from Wilco) to 'indie up' this new album. The outcome has made the album a little one dimensional, some of the entertainment factor is gone, it's got pleasant moments but it doesn't lead the listener to visualise as much as his previous work.

Produced by Mark Nevers (Calexico and Lambchop) Noble Beast, it's not all as bad as I've perhaps made out, it could be noted as a later-era modern Paul Simon album, the music is played beautifully and Bird's voice is as fantastic as ever.

Rating 7/10

Mike Rea




Site - http://www.andrewbird.net



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kenning

The album is produced by Andrew Bird--read the liner notes & get a fact checker, dude! Also, there aren't really a greater number of musicians on the album compared to Eggs and Armchair--if anything, the previous album had a more "indie" rock texture. This one is sometimes sparse by comparison, though past the surface values you'll hear a lot of layers this reviewer (aka "dude") appears to ignore.

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Cheers mate... Didn't mean to upset anyone... If you read the original review here www.adultcontemporary.co.uk/index.cfm?d=25/01/2009#Andrew%20Bird you might see more of what I intended... Call what Mark Nevers what you want, but this wasn't self-produced... As he 'engineered, assistant engineered and mixed' the record, he's pretty heavily involved, and he has changed the sound, wouldn't you agree? You'll have to allow me my opinion, but I have been 'with' Andrew Bird for a long time too (look at the previous reviews on that site)... I like this one less than I have previously. We're all entitled 'mate'

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