User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 258 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 258

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  1. JamieK
    Mar 22, 2005
    4
    I don't think this album lives up to the hype- everyone seems to have been caught up in the swell of "if it's different, it's good".
  2. JorgeS
    Mar 26, 2005
    5
    Just a good voice... but after to listen to this work it reminded me how a great band was The Platters (but not a hype in those years).
  3. ElizabethP
    Sep 27, 2005
    5
    There's only 3 good songs on the album: "Hope there's someone," "Fistful of love" and "Bird gurl." The rest is ANNOYING and WEIRD! The many references to hermaphrodites makes for bizarre subject matter. Listening to the some guest singers is EXCRUCIATINGLY PAINFUL!!!!!!!!!!! Guest singers on tracks 8 and 9 deserve to have their larynx ripped out and buried into the center of the There's only 3 good songs on the album: "Hope there's someone," "Fistful of love" and "Bird gurl." The rest is ANNOYING and WEIRD! The many references to hermaphrodites makes for bizarre subject matter. Listening to the some guest singers is EXCRUCIATINGLY PAINFUL!!!!!!!!!!! Guest singers on tracks 8 and 9 deserve to have their larynx ripped out and buried into the center of the earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  4. aland
    Apr 16, 2005
    6
    Craig L doesn't like american idol. which is good, because people who'll find this record boring DEFINATELY dig american idol. pfft. ok, so, obviously, i'm not a huge fan of this, and it's not for the singing but utter lack of activity within this album.each song just cascades through your brain and the only impression it'll leave you was that you've had Craig L doesn't like american idol. which is good, because people who'll find this record boring DEFINATELY dig american idol. pfft. ok, so, obviously, i'm not a huge fan of this, and it's not for the singing but utter lack of activity within this album.each song just cascades through your brain and the only impression it'll leave you was that you've had enough melodrama until the next xiu xiu album. antony may have the greatest things in the world to say, but it fails to stimulate on the most basic level Expand
  5. AndrewW
    Dec 21, 2006
    4
    I don't get it?! I have a wide-ranging taste in music. Roy Orbison to Thom Yorke to Johnny Cash to Nick Drake. Love Lou Reed. Love Rufus Wainwright. But I can't get into this album. It's not bad, but it doesn't really do anything. I've been trying to get this album for over a year now and I just give up.
  6. JohnM.
    Sep 21, 2007
    5
    The voice is remarkable - the songs are not. The relentless focus on Antony's gender issues is just tiring - what is initially touching becomes beaten down after awhile. It would probably be just as irritating if it was heterosexual and so narrowly focused, for those ready to claim bias. Bottom line: everyone should listen to this album once and know this voice exists, but unless you The voice is remarkable - the songs are not. The relentless focus on Antony's gender issues is just tiring - what is initially touching becomes beaten down after awhile. It would probably be just as irritating if it was heterosexual and so narrowly focused, for those ready to claim bias. Bottom line: everyone should listen to this album once and know this voice exists, but unless you find yourself connecting personally with his sense of being ostracized, it is mostly a curiosity. Expand
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Haunting and affecting.
  2. For what it lacks in consistency, I Am A Bird Now gains in being, even at its most tedious of moments, an interesting and thematically compelling listen.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    It could have been mawkish, but the sentiments--and Antony's trembling falsetto--are so honest, you love it despite your jaded self. [4 Feb 2005, p.133]