Are You Serious (LP)


Andrew Bird

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After four years since his last release, it’s a pleasure to dive back into Andrew Bird’s odd, wonderful little world on Are You Serious. Bird remains both a tinkerer and a perfectionist, moving readily between the stuttering, horn-laden soul “Capsized” and shuffling chamber-folk of “Roma Fade.” He even indulges in a little classic rock worship on the Who-ish “Valleys of the Young.” Yet Bird is at his best crafting intricate pop songs that you have to hold close to understand. He knows how to draw you in, with a playful melody on a song like “Puma.” Then he keeps you interested with brainy acoustic ditties about the science of love (“Chemical Switches”). Are You Serious sets itself apart from prior releases with a high-profile collaboration — the perfectly disjointed breakup duet “Left Handed Kisses,” with Fiona Apple. But those looking for his trademark piercingly beautiful whistle are rewarded on “Saint Preservus,” on which he lets loose over Spanish guitars and a medieval melody. Bird’s music may be an acquired taste for some, but once you’re on board, his music is immensely rewarding to those who listen closely, never more so than on Are You Serious.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Capsized
Andrew Bird 03:40
2.
Roma Fade
Andrew Bird 04:03
3.
Truth Lies Low
Andrew Bird 05:28
4.
Puma
Andrew Bird 03:31
5.
Chemical Switches
Andrew Bird 03:23


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Left Handed Kisses
Andrew Bird 03:14
2.
Are You Serious
Andrew Bird 03:39
3.
Saints Preservus
Andrew Bird 03:48
4.
The New Saint Jude
Andrew Bird 04:10
5.
Valleys Of The Young
Andrew Bird 05:33
6.
Bellevue
Andrew Bird 02:02

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