Andrew Bird CD reviewed by Howard Wuelfing

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Andrew Bird CD reviewed by Howard Wuelfing
Nov 15, 2007, 04:09

Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha

ANDREW BIRD Armchair Apocrypha CD

Andrew Bird's latest makes for a first-rate lifestyle accessory. It's exactly the sorta pleasant, conscientiously under-polished, gently rocking fare that you hear in hipster boutiques selling ironic toys and post-modern t-shirts, that might move you to ask the salespeople what they're playing; if you heard it in a Starbucks you'd buy it off their CD kiosk to enjoy with your pumpkin latte (if this was Fall) on the ride home.

Armchair Apocrypha is expert, adult indie pop. Overall, very tuneful and at points subtly eccentric. The instrumentation is orthodox, understated but rough and loose enough to escape mendacity. Bird's got a lovely voice and ain't afraid to run it thru the odd barrel-roll now and again; while the debt to Jeff Buckley is occasionally obtrusive…you can say that about plenty o' other worthy folks from Thom York to John Legend these days.

If you like a good melody, freed from over-slickness and don't already have a shelf full of Elliott Smith, Andy Stochansky et al, this'd be an astute acquisition. [Fat Possum]

-Howard Wuelfing

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