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Break It Yourself

Break It Yourself by Andrew Bird
Released: Mar 2012
Label: Mom + Pop Music
Andrew Bird's records have always been sure-footed and cerebral, but with Break It Yourself, there's an unmistakable sharpness to his confidence. It's not just that he's aware of his ample gifts, but that he's finally understood how truly unique they are. On "Desperation Breeds" it's in the glimmer of unison voice and violin; on "Danse Caribe" it's in the intentionally (if gently) off-kilter wilt of the string accompaniment, along with his virtuosic whistle and distorted steel drum. For all the careful flourish, this record is restrained and spacious, yet it still somehow feels fully realized.
Nate Cavalieri