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  • Summary: With his backing band, Hands of Glory, singer-songwriter Andrew Bird's latest release is an album of Handsome Family cover songs.
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  • Record Label: Wegawam
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Folk
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jun 10, 2014
    81
    Ultimately, Bird continues to prove himself to be a versatile musician who’s as capable at fresh adaptations of country-leaning tunes as he is forward-thinking arrangements of his own.
  2. The music is softly strummed, and Bird’s voice is a high, lonesome thing like the wind on a prairie. Sort of.
  3. Jul 7, 2014
    80
    A fantastic set of songs approached with a reverence that is never stifling, and one in which fans of either act will find plenty to love.
  4. Jun 18, 2014
    75
    Rather than attempting to rehash what's at his disposal, he prefers to mould each song into his own sonic creation. And while it's not perfect, it is a fascinating and, at times, emotional listen.
  5. 70
    More than anything, it’s refreshing to hear an artist with Bird’s skill set bring to life a set of songs that deserve an audience far beyond the small cult that has already discovered them.
  6. Jun 17, 2014
    70
    The beautifully crafted lyrics of Things Are Really Great Here, Sort of are slowly offset by the melancholy implied in the title, at times through the stirring yet mournful violin-caressing and whistling Bird.
  7. Jun 20, 2014
    60
    Bird’s simultaneous engagement with the words and distance from the material free his delivery to keep the album feeling lighter than I’ve implied.

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  1. Jun 17, 2014
    5
    This is beautiful but get monotonous and reminds me a lot of like the soundtrack to Inside Llewyn Davis. Its ok but I got bored. I like hisThis is beautiful but get monotonous and reminds me a lot of like the soundtrack to Inside Llewyn Davis. Its ok but I got bored. I like his original albums better Expand
  2. Jun 17, 2014
    4
    This is all alright. Being nothing new or of his own one does get kind of bored, being that we've heard this sound and these songs before.This is all alright. Being nothing new or of his own one does get kind of bored, being that we've heard this sound and these songs before. It's all alright. Expand