Mar 22, 2019he 10 tracks that make up My Finest Work Yet feel even more present, more in the moment, while never sacrificing any musicianship. Paul Butler’s production makes a gorgeous chorus out of the potential cacophony of a roomful of instruments and voices. The arrangements are as precise as ever, the track order gradually revealing a narrative that includes wrongdoings, incitement, and action.
Mar 25, 2019It may not garner the same kind of fond appreciation that fans have for The Mysterious Production of Eggs, or Break It Yourself, but this album is less a niche corner of the folk genre and more an illustrious banner for all to appreciate. In Bird’s vast canon of genre experimentation, there’s room for at least one big time indie-rock record--and this fills those shoes quite well.
Q MagazineMar 20, 2019My Finest Work is definitely a high watermark, and one that deserves to reach a bigger audience. [May 2019, p.117]
MojoMar 20, 2019Rufus Wainwright-goes-to-grad-school lushness dominates, though, and despite Bird's Death Of Marat pose on the cover, My Finest Work is not quite revolutionary. [May 2019, p.93]
Apr 5, 2019It is.
Every song is amazing. Better with each listen. Best played loud. Thoughtful, introspective, beautifully articulated. Love "CrackingIt is.
Every song is amazing. Better with each listen. Best played loud. Thoughtful, introspective, beautifully articulated. Love "Cracking Codes" "Bellevue Bridge Club" "Manifest" oh boy. His best ever. His best ever. His best ever. An album for forever.… Expand
Apr 16, 2019It's like Andrew Bird but the song structures are more Father John Misty, and that's a good thing. Plenty of nuance in the production rewardsIt's like Andrew Bird but the song structures are more Father John Misty, and that's a good thing. Plenty of nuance in the production rewards repeated listens.… Expand
Apr 3, 2019My Finest Work Here, it was Andrew Bird's first album that I listened to, if it's his finest work here, I don't know. But this is one of theMy Finest Work Here, it was Andrew Bird's first album that I listened to, if it's his finest work here, I don't know. But this is one of the best albums released this year so far, I'm sure!… Expand
Mar 22, 2019This album has all the earmarks of an Andrew Bird album. It has plenty of whistling, soaring melodies, both bowed and pizzicato violin. ItThis album has all the earmarks of an Andrew Bird album. It has plenty of whistling, soaring melodies, both bowed and pizzicato violin. It has words like weather, recalcitrant, abomination, taciturn, disaster, tendril. That being said, it has plenty of other textures that really make for an enjoyable listen.
The piano seems to be much more present in this album than in recent albums. In some songs it is just as accents, but in others it really drives the songs forward.
Andrew really had some fun sonically with “Fallorun” which leads to one of the catchiest songs on the album.
Archipelago borrowed a melody off Down under the Hyperion Bridge off of his instrumental album “Echolocations: River”, but it is still definitely its own song.
The beginning of Proxy War starts with piano and a violin though some kind of distortion pedal that sounds like a brass section and invokes a 70’s soul groove. It soon pivots into a song more recognizable as an upbeat Bird song.
I know that Bird uses intentional distortion in many of his songs, but there were a few places on the album where I heard what sounds like unintentional clipping which distracted me, but it was only obvious when I was listening with headphones.
I have heard interviews where Bird has said that this is not a political album, but more of a reflection of the political environment in which it was written. That being said some, people may be turned off if they consider it too much of a commentary. I personally am usually too caught up in the melodies to pay too much the word play.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this album.… Expand
Mar 24, 2019I feel like a few songs in this album are a little lacking but the five songs Bellevue Bridge Club, Manifest, Sisyphus, Bloodless, andI feel like a few songs in this album are a little lacking but the five songs Bellevue Bridge Club, Manifest, Sisyphus, Bloodless, and Olympians make up for it. The only song in this album that I didn't really do it for me was Don The Struggle. The lyrics and beat just felt a little off. Andrew's vocals throughout this album are however phenomenal. I love his use of violin throughout his work, this album however focused more on vocals which was a nice change. I've heard many comparisons of this album to work of Father John Misty but I really don't see it beyond the song Sisyphus. Even then, Sisyphus offers much a much more diverse array of instrumentals and vocals than any similar songs of Father John Misty's with Andrew's whistling and violin bits. The rest of the album is however much more jazz focused with some obvious influences from the Beatles. If I were to choose a favorite from this album I'd whole hardheadedly say Bellevue Bridge Club. Overall I'd give this album a 8.5.… Expand
Mar 22, 2019I am a big fan of Andrew Bird. But while I write this I am comparing the last album which was fantastic, I find this new one drags a bit. TheI am a big fan of Andrew Bird. But while I write this I am comparing the last album which was fantastic, I find this new one drags a bit. The pacing seems off. A couple of songs the first one and the last 2 on the album are good, not great. But the middle seems to be a mosh pit of ideas that are not going anywhere. Definitely not as catchy are prior albums (Noble Beast) Seems to be of a deep blues, deep jazz influence. I have listened to it 3 times, and I still get that feeling. Not the finest work but OK.… Expand
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