Break It Yourself / Hands of Glory (Deluxe)
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. 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. This edition includes the Hands of Glory EP, a stripped-down set featuring folk covers and a few originals.