Bird, Andrew / Noble Beast
Album: Noble Beast   Collection:General
Artist:Bird, Andrew   Added:Jan 2009
Label:Fat Possum Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-03-08 Pull Date: 2009-05-10
Week Ending: May 10 May 3 Apr 19 Apr 12 Apr 5 Mar 29 Mar 22 Mar 15
Airplays: 3 2 2 2 5 3 1 8

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 19, 2023: That's not Bluegrass
Oh No
4. Dec 08, 2021: That's Not Bluegrass. (rebroadcast from Dec 5, 2017)
Oh No
2. Apr 14, 2023: KZSU Time Traveler
Fitz And The Dizzyspells
5. Jul 17, 2021: That's Not Bluegrass. (rebroadcast from Dec 5, 2017)
Oh No
3. Feb 21, 2022: A Night on the Roof (rebroadcast from Mar 15, 2018)
Oh No
6. Jul 04, 2021: KZSU Time Traveler (rebroadcast from Mar 1, 2019)

Album Review
Rafe McBride
Reviewed 2009-02-28
Unconventional singer-songwriter’s fourth album, featuring plenty of catchy melodies, beautiful singing, great pop-hooks, and all around quality songwriting. There’s a lot of really nicely detailed production, with layered instrumentation, including a fair amount of violin (apparently he’s classically-trained) and some virtuoso whistling. Parts of the album remind me of a more folky/baroque version of the shins, maybe a little of sufjan stevens or even a folky radiohead, but all-in-all a unique sound. No FCCs detected

***1) Great melodies throughout, nice whistling, nice strings, hand claps
**2) After a 1 min low-key intro, breaks-out into nice flamenco-style rhythm with nice violin…great hooks throughout.
3) More upbeat, sounding a little like m ward
**4) After 1 min violin intro, Calexico style rhythm kicks in, more of a stripped down sound, rustic fiddles
5) Lyric-centric, with shuffling rhythm, cool picked string sounds
6) Starts slow, builds throughout, kind of sounds like a baroque shins
7) 20 sec interlude of ambient sounds
8) Lots of looped beats, ambient synths..sounds like radiohead
9) Instrumental interlude
10) Staccato finger-picking, nice repeating phrasing, opens up into more of a rock tune at 3 min mark.
**11) Nice melody via finger-picked acoustic guitar, lowkey, stripped down sound
12) Starts quiet with acoustic guitars, builds to more orchestral sound
13) 7 min track, mellow for the most part. song switches gears at about 4 min mark
14) Reprise of Track 1 in a Stripped down classical style

Track Listing
1. Oh No   8. Not A Robot, But A Ghost
2. Masterswarm   9. Unfolding Fans
3. Fitz And The Dizzyspells   10. Anonanimal
4. Effigy   11. Natural Disaster
5. Tenuousness   12. The Privateers
6. Nomenclature   13. Souverian
7. Ouo   14. On Ho