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  • Summary: You don't see many musicians described as a "whistler" but Chicago's Andrew Bird (who is also a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and originally, a violinist) fits the bill. This is his fifth release (and second for Ani DiFranco's record label), which finds him backed by several members of hisYou don't see many musicians described as a "whistler" but Chicago's Andrew Bird (who is also a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and originally, a violinist) fits the bill. This is his fifth release (and second for Ani DiFranco's record label), which finds him backed by several members of his group Bowl Of Fire. Expand
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  1. An eminently pleasurable album that reveals more with each spin. [Apr/May 2005, p.148]
  2. The bar has been raised for 2005.
  3. An utterly mesmerizing and magnetic album, almost unfair in how incredibly ambitious and impressively pulled off the whole thing is.
  4. The Mysterious Production of Eggs might wrestle with unsavory topics, but it does so with a shrug of the shoulders, a wry smile, and a heart full of awe-inspiring song.
  5. He collides substances that shouldn't mix to create a sound that not only survives the impact, but thrives in the aftermath.
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    Folk songs given a rarefied air by his elegant wordplay and multi-tracked chamber strings. [Mar 2005, p.108]
  7. Eggs fails to engage with the unpredictable inventiveness of Swimming Hour, and lacks the skillful brevity of Weather Systems.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 62
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  1. erdemc
    Feb 23, 2005
    10
    best album so far in 2005.
  2. JoeG
    May 14, 2007
    10
    Baroque pop, wIth Joanna Newsom, Rufus Wainwright and Sufjan Stevens is in fine shape and AB is up with the best of them. The ballads are Baroque pop, wIth Joanna Newsom, Rufus Wainwright and Sufjan Stevens is in fine shape and AB is up with the best of them. The ballads are sweet and sensual, while the uptempo numbers have these wonderfully clever twists and turns in the music that make most artists seem mundane. Add to that AB's handsome and limber voice, and Nora O'Connor's perfectly matched harmonies. If there's a better whistler or violinist in pop music, I'd love to here them. Expand
  3. MelissaC
    Mar 5, 2005
    10
    This is one of the best CDs I've heard in a long time. Andrew Bird has a style all his own and I look forward to his next recording. This is one of the best CDs I've heard in a long time. Andrew Bird has a style all his own and I look forward to his next recording. Also, seeing him live is amazing...he truly is a one man show. Expand
  4. natalia
    Oct 13, 2005
    10
    best. cd. ever. i became hooked on andrew after the first track. as a violinist, i can tell you this man is a genius. what he does with the best. cd. ever. i became hooked on andrew after the first track. as a violinist, i can tell you this man is a genius. what he does with the lyrics and the music is so playful yet serious...its just pure genius. Expand
  5. AllenS
    May 4, 2006
    10
    Man, I hate this guy he's amazing! It's the closest thing to strawberry pez that music can get!
  6. heathert
    Jan 26, 2006
    9
    I've been living with this album for months and I can't wait to hear him play it live next week. Clever lyrics, interesting and I've been living with this album for months and I can't wait to hear him play it live next week. Clever lyrics, interesting and beautiful arrangements....it is unique and one of the best albums of the year. Expand
  7. Igivethisthebird
    Aug 6, 2006
    4
    This is almost as bad as the Decemberists. Completely lacking in genuine emotional intensity. Whiney vocals with pretentious, uninteresting This is almost as bad as the Decemberists. Completely lacking in genuine emotional intensity. Whiney vocals with pretentious, uninteresting lyrics. Enough with the whistling already. Save your money or buy a Nick Cave record. Expand

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