Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. An utterly mesmerizing and magnetic album, almost unfair in how incredibly ambitious and impressively pulled off the whole thing is.
  2. It's a densely melodic place composed of layered instruments so intricately intertwined with each other and Bird's lyrics that repeated listenings inevitably reveal a hidden but grandiose vision of what a pop record can be.
  3. 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.
  4. 80
    Folk songs given a rarefied air by his elegant wordplay and multi-tracked chamber strings. [Mar 2005, p.108]
  5. Given time and a little effort, [his songs] begin to cast their own rewarding chamber-pop spell. [Mar 2005, p.98]
  6. He collides substances that shouldn't mix to create a sound that not only survives the impact, but thrives in the aftermath.
  7. Peaks again and again. [11 Feb 2005, p.63]
  8. An eminently pleasurable album that reveals more with each spin. [Apr/May 2005, p.148]
  9. An incredibly compelling collection of inventive folk-tinged melodies.
  10. Although The Mysterious Production of Eggs lacks the gleeful variety of Swimming Hour, it is obvious that Bird has created his most cohesive statement to date.
  11. Taking all the best parts of Jeff Buckley, Devandra Barnhart and Rufus Wainwright, Bird can be noisy, charming, frivolous, haunting and playful all at once.
  12. 90
    What makes the album exceptional is its thematic unity and storybook approach. [#67, p.85]
  13. 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.
  14. Genre mash-ups this ambitious aren’t easy to come by; albums that accomplish that goal with the effortless grace of Eggs are even rarer.
  15. '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.
  16. The bar has been raised for 2005.
  17. Eggs fails to engage with the unpredictable inventiveness of Swimming Hour, and lacks the skillful brevity of Weather Systems.
  18. Bird seems to have really reached a stride in terms of his overall sound and the result is one of my favorite albums of the year so far.
  19. 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.
  20. He shows off discreetly, underplaying his vocal chops and musical command, even his familiarity with scientific arcana--nay, his intelligence itself.... But discretion exacts a price in identity, clarity, and meaning.
  21. The production is lush and detailed but the songs are strong enough to withstand all the fuss, making this a most ambitious and accomplished record.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 102 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 29, 2012
    9
    Great album from a real multi talented artist. Andrew Bird's music has a distinct style and this record brings a number of different elementsGreat album from a real multi talented artist. Andrew Bird's music has a distinct style and this record brings a number of different elements together to make some brilliant music. Mixing his amazing violin work with guitars on some really catchy songs, there's not much to fault with this. The record has some beautifully subtle moments, a few numbers where Bird just lets loose and then there are some psychedelic aspects as well, The only drawback for me is that it's possibly a little too long and could do without a track or two. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »