Andrew Bird, Noble Beast (Fat Possum)

The ever-mysterious and brainy Andrew Bird drops the album Noble Beast on the label Fat Possum. Remix investigates.

Whistle while you work
Multifaceted musician Andrew Bird doesn''t let his big vocabulary—lyrically or musically—spoil his refined chamber pop. On Noble Beast, Bird incorporates tasteful flourishes into his polymath approach, sounding more breezy and stripped down than he did on Armchair Apocrypha. “Anonanimal” and “Effigy” open with crisp, clipped guitars, while “Not a Robot, But a Ghost” shuffles by with a fuzzy backbeat. The bookish songwriter blogged about the making of this album for The New York Times, and while his prose is clear, it can''t compare to his lyrics, which are as brainy and mysterious as his music. [3.5 out of 5 stars]