REVIEW: ANDREW BIRD, ‘I WANT TO SEE PULASKI AT NIGHT’

REVIEW: ANDREW BIRD, ‘I WANT TO SEE PULASKI AT NIGHT’

Leigh MichaelFriday,22 November 2013

The Snap:

Andrew Bird just released I Want to See Pulaski At Night, a seven-track album that was recorded just a few weeks before its release. The record focuses on Bird’s instrumental talents, putting his vocal gifts on the back burner (with the exception of one song, that is).

You can buy the album on iTunes.

The Download:

Oh Andrew Bird, I wanted to like you. You have the voice of an angel and those gorgeous lyrics and those exquisite instrumentals.

But this felt way too much like Josh Groban-meets-Andrew Bird. And before you knock me down with this comparison, hear me out: I know that they are about as opposite as can be, but they both have a tendency to do that quivering, emotion-wrought thing that always feels like they’re trying just a little bit too hard. Even the album title feels a little bit over-wrought and over-thought. Plus, it will always make me think of fellow gentle crooner Sufjan Stevens (not that that’s a bad thing).

I did really enjoy “Pulaski At Night,” a strange and beautiful track that showcases the lyrical and instrumental abilities of Bird.

But songs like “Hover I” and “Lit From Underneath” did little to grab me. Pitchfork may have compared the album to a movie soundtrack, but let’s not forget that there is no movie to complement. Just sparse instrumentals that feels like it belongs in the foyer of a fancy hotel. But I don’t want it anywhere near me when I’m driving home from work or cooking dinner. Snooze-ville. At least “Logan’s Loop” had a little spring in its step.

I like an instrumental Andrew Bird song when it’s smattered amongst vocal complements. But his instrumental-only albums – even when it’s just seven songs – just do little to engage me.

Anyway, just to remind you of how kick-ass he can be, take a look below:

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Hat Tips:

Andrew Bird, SoundCloud, iTunes, Pitchfork, Image Credit: Flickr



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