Are You Serious by Andrew Bird

Aimee Young
April 5, 2016

RATING:

100

%

TRACKS:

11

LABEL:

Loma Vista

RELEASE DATE:

04/01/2016


Andrew Bird is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Illinois. He is also a former member of the band Squirrel Nut Zippers. Are You Serious is his thirteenth studio album release. Featuring Alan Hampton (bass, guitar), Ted Poor (drums, percussion, Vibraphone, Bells), Blake Mills (guitar, drums, pedal steel, mandolin and banjo), Patrick Warren (keyboards), Bram Inscore (keyboards), Tony Berg (keyboards), Moses Sumney (vocals) and Fiona Apple (vocals). Andrew Bird performs lead vocals, violin, whistling, and guitar.

Andrew Bird's latest record is a highly gratifying experience, a personal and joyously composed ride that's sharply defined by an excellent blend of superb songwriting and melodic instrumentation. Are you serious is a bold and adventurous album for Bird, buoyed by indie folk songs that are lively, intimate, perfectly paced and stunningly gorgeous throughout. By far his most assessable release to date. Some of the best tracks include "Capsized," Roma Fade,"Truth Lies Low,"Puma," Left Handed Kisses (feat. Fiona Apple),"Valleys of the Young," and "Bellevue." Are you serious is breathtaking, beautiful and Andrew Bird's finest moment as an artist. Easily one of the best releases I've heard all year. A wondrous listen with from start to finish.

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