by Andrew Bird
Released: Jan 2009
Label: Fat Possum Records
Andrew Bird's Nobel Beast might be every bit as elaborate as the stuff that he's known for -- silly with virtuoso whistling, agile melodies and a patter of plucked strings -- but overall this set is a bit more spare than other recent efforts. Elegant and arching soft pop numbers like "Oh No" and "Tenuousness" outnumber the rococo rockers, and even when it gets cluttered with a kitchen sink of percussion and layered woodwinds, as on "Not a Robot, But a Ghost," the music is played with a gentle hand.
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