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Album Review

By tightening his quality control considerably, Stephen Jones makes a convincing case that he is a madly talented English eccentric with Baby Bird's second album, Bad Shave. About half of the album is devoted to full-fledged songs, several of which (including the title track) are genuinely eerie and haunting. The rest, of course, is comprised of lightweight material that sounds like Jones was indulging his warped sense of humor, but in this context, where they're balanced by more substantial songs, they have greater impact. Although it still is a little too obscure for its own good, Bad Shave is an intriguing listen, and one that suggests Jones' talent may be too big to stay in the bedroom.


Formed: 16 September 1962 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Baby Bird began as the alias of Stephen Jones, a prolific British singer/songwriter who initiated his performing career as a member of the Dogs in Honey "anti-theater" troupe. After buying a four-track machine, he began making his first lo-fi home recordings; over the next several years, he wrote some 400 eclectic pop songs, ranging in content from surreal, comic narratives to intensely personal meditations. At the urging of friends, Jones sent out Baby Bird tapes to record companies, but his music...
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