Andrew Bird from the album My Finest Work Yet available on Loma Vista Recordings (by Bryant Liggett)
There’s nothing wrong with a little optimism, even if delivered tongue-in-cheek. My Finest Work Yet is the claim from Andrew Bird on his latest release and it is quite a statement coming from a man who has churned out multiple records of mid-tempo Indie Rock, this offering no different than previous releases with plenty of violin leading the electro-Folk charge. Similarities aside, the multi-instrumentalist may be correct, My Finest Work Yet can easily be viewed asthe finest work to date from Andrew Bird.
Three seconds in and Andrew Bird is whistling on “Sisyphus”, poking fun at the boulder and man in the Greek story while encouraging to ‘let the rock roll’. Andrew Bird makes a political statement on “Bloodless”, exclaiming ‘it’s hard to be an optimist when you trust least the ones who claim to have the answers’, and despite its beliefs, the track is a beautiful song. “Olympians” finds My Finest Work Yet picking up the musical pace in a song with orchestral undertones while “Fallorun” sounds as if Andrew is backed by Tabla Beat Science. “Manifest” is a big ballad with whistling that accentuates the string sections that materialize in all the right places. The novelty of a Rock Star ironically backed by a symphony orchestra would never work for Andrew Bird, what is a flourish for others is the norm for Andrew. The lyrics in My Finest Work Yet remain ambiguous, at times begging the listener to hit Wikipedia, and to perhaps google the story “Sisyphus.” When Andrew Bird closes the album with a cut such as “Bellevue Bridge Club”, with its references to ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ you can forget references and revel in the music. Predictable is what Andrew Bird is not, and when you are the fan for your own music, everything you create can be considered your finest. So maybe My Finest Work Yet is right on the mark. (by Bryant Liggett)
Listen and buy the music of Andrew Bird from AMAZON