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Break It Yourself

Andrew Bird

Break It Yourself

The sixth solo album from this singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who began learning violin when he was just four

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    It's the perfect album: tender without being sentimental, experimental yet accessible, utterly unique to its maker
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  2. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    A beautifully free-flowing set of tunes that soar and waft like a flock of starlings, building to a quietly epic mood that is too ruminative and introspective to suffer from grandiosity
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  3. 9.0 |   Blurt

    Tackling heady topics and dark facts in the language of deceptively simple folk-pop songs that make us smile more than weep
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  4. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    Put simply, it’s lovely
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The richest, most addictive record he’s made since starting out in 1996; an intelligent, perceptive, extremely well-judged pace across welcoming shores of emotive, articulate pop music writ large with the innate power and exoticism of classical instrumentation
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  6. 8.6 |   Paste Magazine

    There is a bit of longing for the dynamic sounds of which he is capable, but what the album does remind us is that above all, Andrew Bird is a highly skilled musician
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  7. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    It’s great. But, as with everything he does, there is much more to the story
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  8. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    He’s never sounded better
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  9. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It’s obvious that Bird’s impressive record of producing layered, complex and yet immediately accessible and inviting songs is set to continue
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    After all the loops, the tangents and the breakdowns, remain a set of fantastic, hummable pop songs that we can confidently call Bird’s strongest to date
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  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A seductive lesson in understated beauty. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Disparate and idiosyncratic yet still unified and every day, Break It Yourself is a record which is beguilingly simple but retains and recasts Bird’s signature complexity
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  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The results more than justify the sometimes obtuse methods

  14. 8.0 |   Clash

    Andrew Bird has created a veritable treasure trove of a record
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  15. 8.0 |   The Fly

    He has managed to mingle his delightfully plucked and bowed violin with songs of whimsical complexity, lyrical darkness and, importantly, gorgeous pop
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  16. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    If you like smart pop and are not familiar, hearing Bird for the first time will feel like discovering a new planet
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  17. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Bird conducts his experiments with the lightest of touches: his ingenuity matched by a gift for simple, lilting melodies
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  18. 7.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    The sound of Bird settling down, becoming comfortable with his music and letting it come off as natural, without losing the sense of enjoyment and the hypnotic dynamism of his core elements
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  19. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    It's a little like the world-- the longer you live with it, the more the details become apparent and the more you can feel it all working together
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  20. 7.0 |   Prefix

    This latest effort from Bird is comfortable, like an old, warm coat or the guitar you haven’t picked up in a while, a record tinged with more nostalgia than raw creative force
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  21. 7.0 |   Bowlegs

    As a piece of work it creaks with the musician’s inimitable personality, much like the aged timber used to build his instruments of choice
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  22. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    He might be gratingly pretentious, if he wasn't so unobtrusively amiable
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  23. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Rather than the grandiose, glistening pop of his last few discs, this new record plays on muted tones, ballads that work into your subconscious rather than overwhelming it
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  24. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Clearly Bird is more interested in the journey than the destination on Break It Yourself
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  25. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    No longer hell-bent on trying to demonstrate he's the smartest man in the room, Bird has once again proven he may just be the cleverest
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  26. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Bird lets a little air into his previously overly studied exercises
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  27. 6.0 |   Q

    A maze-y path through pop, folk, classical, country, Afrobeat and even P-funk. Print edition only

  28. 6.0 |   Spin

    Genteel aesthete inches near the borders of his tastefully manicured comfort zone, but never past them
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  29. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Andrew Bird is one of the great musical visionaries of the past decade, but on Break It Yourself – and for the second album in a row – it sounds like he’s still trying to figure out his next step
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