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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 his group Bowl Of Fire. Expand
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  1. 90
    What makes the album exceptional is its thematic unity and storybook approach. [#67, p.85]
  2. An eminently pleasurable album that reveals more with each spin. [Apr/May 2005, p.148]
  3. The bar has been raised for 2005.
  4. It’s hard to say that Andrew Bird is anything but a master-songwriter, capable of penning a song for any sort of occasion. It was the hardest challenge, however, for Bird himself to understand this power and to control it. He’s finally tamed that quivering urge and, in the process released one really long perfect moment in adult contemporary pop.
  5. 'The Mysterious Production of Eggs' is unmalicious, delicious classical indie with enough originality to mark it apart, and what it lacks in jaw dropping charisma it somehow makes up for with songwriting and instrumentation of the highest order.
  6. Possessing a richly elastic set of vocal chords, Bird is in league with such silver-throated singers as Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright, but he rarely if ever over-emotes, a common criticism leveled at Buckley and Wainwright.
  7. Eggs fails to engage with the unpredictable inventiveness of Swimming Hour, and lacks the skillful brevity of Weather Systems.

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Feb 23, 2005
    10
    Consider myself lucky to be breathing the same air as Bird.
  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 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. StuartW
    Mar 7, 2005
    10
    This guy is incredible, go see him live if you can.
  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 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 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 lyrics. Enough with the whistling already. Save your money or buy a Nick Cave record. Expand

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