Break It Yourself
Andrew Bird

Break It Yourself

Disc review

Andrew Bird’s precious but intricate music has never been for everyone. Still, 2009′s Noble Beast sold a more than respectable 150,000 copies, encouraging Bird’s singular outlook on pop writing. Here comes his self-produced seventh LP, Break It Yourself, a warm, breathtaking thesis fabricated out of everything in music. Conjuring foundations of jazz, classical, pop, folk and country, Break It Yourself is definitely more mood-based than anything, as on the eight-minute acoustic tour de force Hole in the Ocean Floor. Elsewhere, the songs have never been so detailed, as on the Annie Clark duet Lusitania, a magic ode to mid-70s AM radio country ballads. Wonderful, as in full of wonder.

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