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Album Review

Andrew Bird's second album Oh! The Grandeur reunites him with his Bowl of Fire counterparts, as well as some special collaborators like the Squirrel Nut Zippers' James Mathus. Recorded in New Orleans, the album builds on the hot jazz/Brecht vibe that Bowl of Fire pioneered on their first album Thrills, but focuses more on Bird's witty lyrics and deadpan delivery, as tracks like "Tea & Thorazine" and "The Idiot's Genius" display. Musically, Oh! The Grandeur keeps the live, one-take feeling of its predecessor, and Bird's fiddle playing is as expressive as ever.

Customer Reviews

an engaging and fun slice of jazzy americana

This album is an exciting musical journey, combining a romp of retro-jazz and swing with elements of many other different musical periods in a very whimsical yet musically vital fashion. The violin work and expressive vocals of Andrew Bird are the highlight, but the backing instrumentals of his band (the Bowl of Fire) are quite impressive. If you like new and exciting music, look no further. This album will take you into the past and into the avant-garde of music simultaneously. Highlights: Tea and Thorazine, (What's Your) Angle?, The Confession, Beware (Reprise)

Wonderful Album

Andrew Bird accompanied by his Bowl of Fire put out this beautiful, extremely jazz influenced album. If you have only heard his solo work, this album will dazzle you, bringing you to new places. A must-have for any music fan.

The most amazing music EVER!!!!!

The most brilliant CD ever! You could listen to this cd a million times and never get tired of it! You can honestly feel the substance in every single song! Amazing! My absolute favorite CD!!


Born: July 11, 1973 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird updates the traditions of small-group swing, German lieder, and New Orleans jazz, mixing Gypsy, folk, and rock elements into his distinctive style. Bird's projects include his group the Bowl of Fire (which also includes drummer Kevin O'Donnell, bassist Josh Hirsch, and guitarist Colin Bunn) and performing as an auxiliary member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers; in turn, the Zippers' Katharine Whalen and James Mathus appeared on the Bowl of Fire albums Thrills...
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Oh! The Grandeur, Andrew Bird
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Apr 28, 2000

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