|Bird, Andrew / Inside Problems|
|Add Date:||2022-06-14||Pull Date:||2022-08-16|
|Week Ending:||26 Jun||19 Jun|
|1.||Jul 02, 2022:||Hanging In The Bone Yard |
Stop N' Shop
|4.||Jun 28, 2022:||Cool Jerk |
|2.||Jul 01, 2022:||KZSU Time Traveler |
Make A Picture
|5.||Jun 25, 2022:||Music Casserole |
|3.||Jun 30, 2022:||Hanging In The Bone Yard |
Never Fall Apart
|6.||Jun 24, 2022:||KZSU Time Traveler |
“Inside Problems” Andrew Bird|
Distinctive, intelligent indie pop with some folk and occasional Americana leanings. This is Bird’s 14th solo album, his first since 2020’s “Hark!”, a holiday release that followed 2019’s “My Finest Work Yet.” Here, Bird has moved away from examining societal issues, and focuses primarily on what’s inside our hearts and minds. The music is typical Andrew Bird — astonishingly virtuoso performances on his violin, which he plucks, strums and bows like no one else. He also collaborates with a small group of supporting musicians on guitar, bass and drums — as well as Madison Cunningham who provides additional vocals on some tracks. Bird’s one-of-a-kind whistling pops up from time to time as well. All great! RIYL: Father John Misty, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, M. Ward.
Very highly recommended: 1, 6, 7, 10, 11, 2, 9, 5, 4. No FCCs detected.
1. (6:14) Underlands — Byrd’s trademark harp-like plucking of his violin leads this whimsical, wry look at the strangeness of these past two years. “What if the earth goes spinning off its axis?” Ample strings and moments of whistling, all backed by a slightly jazzy rhythm. ****
2. (4:23) Lone Didion — Backbeat-flavored tune with pulsing bass, violins, lilting lead vocals, and a fun “lead violin solo” in the play-out. ***
3. (2:58) Fixed Positions — Gentle, acoustic guitar-driven tune. Simple, engaging melody. Female vocals serve as counterpoint to Bird’s. Whistling featured in the middle. Then, orchestra builds toward the end.
4. (4:16) Inside Problems — Beautiful cinematic opening. Emotive vocals, giving way to a playful, breezy melody. Builds throughout. ***
5. (4:06) The Night Before Your Birthday — Veers toward Americana. Confident strut with some rock elements. Nice tempo changes. ***
6. (3:25) Make A Picture — Skipping, snappy pop — up-tempo and catchy, with a driving beat, rich harmonized backing vocals and violin. ****
7. (4:45) Atomized — Syncopated blend of exotic island rhythms and Bird’s plucked violin. Vocals woven into a call-and-response motif with violin riffs. Violin solo in the middle. ****
8. (3:42) Faithless Ghost — Meandering Americana stroll that evolves into a stomp — with thumping beat, orchestral flourishes and backing vocals.
9. (6:48) Eight — Strummed guitar, a steady beat, violins and Bird’s familiar vocals. Another long play-out featuring his incredible musicianship on violin. Yes, this should probably have been track 8, not 9. ☺ ***
10. (3:50) Stop N’ Shop — Hopeful and uplifting tune. Very light and playful, both musically and lyrically. Great backing vocals. Cool bass line and shakers. ****
11. (3:50) Never Fall Apart — Somewhat old-timey style of rock n’ roll. Thumping bass. Almost spoken vocals in places, then rising into Bird’s melodic higher ranges. Strings and nice harmonies in the last minute or so. ***
|1.||Underlands||6.||Make A Picture|
|3.||Fixed Positions||8.||Faithless Ghost|
|5.||The Night Before Your Birthday||10.||Stop N' Shop|
|11.||Never Fall Apart|