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The Swimming Hour

Andrew Bowl of Fire Bird's Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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1. Two Way Action
2. Core And Rind
3. Why
4. 11:11
5. Case In Point
6. Too Long
7. Way Out West
8. Waiting To Talk
9. Fatal Flower Garden
10. Satisfied
11. Headsoak
12. How Indiscreet
13. Dear Old Greenland

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Andrew can rock out with a violin! April 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love this Cd. I'd listened to "Oh, the Grandeur" nonstop for weeks, so I'd been eagerly awaiting "the Swimming Hour." Initially, I listened to S.H. and was appalled. How could this be the same Andrew Bird I had grown to love!? This was rock and not jazz! And now he has backup singers?!
So I put the CD back in the case and didn't listen to it for a year. DO NOT MAKE MY MISTAKE! (How many hours of pleasure had I denied myself in that year...?) I'd only listened to it once, but eventually I slipped this CD into the player again... and after some listening, I adored it!
At first, it's shocking to hear Andrew play pop/rock, but then it grows on you and it's hard to take the CD player off "repeat one" to hear another song. His use of the violin in modern-sounding (yet unclassifiable) music is ingenious. Andrew has pulled off the impossible and made a violin a rock instrument.
This Cd is perfect for driving down the expressway with the windows rolled down and the car stereo cranked way up. It's fun, beautiful, and thought-provoking (what lyrics!) all at the same time. 11:11- oh! What a song! soothing violin with his signature strumming over the top melts away and is replaced by rhythm guitar accenting some hardcore sawing at the fiddle, in that way that only Andrew can play. Amazing. You need this CD!
This album is *not* a sell-out effort. We are talking about a man who had never listened to anything but classical music until directly before he made this CD. All of his albums are different, and show off how versatile he truly is. I am fond of saying, "Andrew has a CD for every mood!" This is the crazy, hyper album.*
And do yourself a favor and see him play live! I drove 3 1/2 hours to see him and he was absolutely stunning!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mainstream? Drown that idea! April 20 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Strange as it seems, someone has reviewed this album... by comparing The Bowl of Fire's new direction (a direction they were hinting at all along) as akin to the "mainstream" sounds of Dave Matthews. While this same reviewer obviously provides useful biographical information regarding Bird and band, I think the analogy to Dave Matthews is wrong. And I think so because, whatever his merits may be, I find Dave Matthews' music to be antithetical, in effect, to Andrew Bird's. Bird is passionate, clever, self-aware, and always pushing his own envelope -- he continues to innovate & on his own terms. Dave Matthews, on the other hand, has never done anything but bore me, mostly since his music never develops, it just lopes along, on and on, in that queasy "jam band" style I personally don't enjoy.
That said, "The Swimming Hour" could just as well appeal to any kind of music fan. The songs seem, for lack of a better word, necessary -- as if they just HAD to happen that way. Like all great art (sure, this is "pop" -- which is why its greatness is that much more of a rarity), having it around makes me, and may make you, just want to perservere. And, cyber-shoppers, remember, the sound-bytes online just don't do these songs justice. Take my word for it, then take your own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Bird has done it again ! April 3 2001
Format:Audio CD
Buy it. The best way to describe his music is 1920-1930's style of music blending in elements of New Oreleans Jazz and gypsy undertones. Andrew Bird is best known for his superb ability to play the violin and his past history was playing the classical violin but then decided to move into bluegrass, folk, and swing music. He was for a time the violin player for the Squirrel Nut Zippers and had opened up for them with Bowl Of Fire .
This album actually has something for everyone. The first few tracks are for the more mainstream artsy college crowd (think Dave Matthews with a violin). The middle tracks move into exciting territory which is his own signature style with more swing/jazz/bluegrass feel to it(think Squirrel Nut Zippers meets Frank Sinatra meets Dean Martin). Then it moves onto a little Rockbilly and then back to the swing/jazz/bluegrass/folk feel. It's difficult to really pinpoint his style he has a highly polished voice with dark germanic/gypsy/folk undertones in his music which is the only way I can describe it.
He has added a new lineup for Bowl Of Fire and the only remaining player is Kevin O'Donnell for drums. Also added is Nora O'Connor for female vocals which blended with Mr Bird's voice blends wonderfully. If you have listened to Mr Bird's earlier albums you will note this one is more polished and produced then the previous one (they sound great live).
My particular favorites are "Way Out West" , "Fatal Flower Garden" & "Dear Old Greenland".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD immediately! Feb. 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first heard of Andrew Bird just a few weeks ago when a friend dragged an exhausted me to a concert. He was jaw-droppingly good. I am now discovering his albums in reverse chronological order. This one is a mind-blower. I have rarely encountered an album that so successfully covers this many musical genres. Everything from swing to alternorock to blues to country to some other forms of music that I'm not sure are named can be found here. This sounds like a recipe for a disjointed disaster, but it comes together as a brilliantly energetic and thoughtful masterpiece. Bird's violin would be impressive enough on its own, but add to it his imagination, inventiveness, intelligence, and incredible voice and you get a must-own album. I can hardly force myself to remove this one from the CD player. Definitely the best new music I've come across in a long time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The DROWNING hour
A horrible effort by Bird, who has up until now had my respect, as a highly artistic and creative player and leader. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003 by Prince Nez
1.0 out of 5 stars the DROWNING hour
Wow was I shocked at the lack of artistic quality on this cd. I am used to being able to buy an Andrew Bird cd, and get "hot" creative and even improvised gypsy jazz... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars The "Sinking" Hour
I think Andrew Bird is not swimming, but drowning his talnet in shallow(no pun intenede) pop music. This is a commerical, and not in the least bit an artistic release. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003 by Prince Nez
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Bird Knocks On The Door of Greatness
People who think an artist should stay in the same musical box forever should just go listen to Nickelback. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by "pootkao"
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy cow!
Listen. My wife likes all this swing and vocal stuff. I am not big on it. I'm more on the rock side, I like a pop hook and I like lyrics and I like interesting instrumentation... Read more
Published on July 31 2003 by Matthew M. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Donovan passes the torch to Andrew Bird
How bizarre! A recent favorite group, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire, has taken a major strange detour. I had been playing two of their earlier albums, "Oh! Read more
Published on March 8 2003 by "cpmcdill"
3.0 out of 5 stars A mild disapointment
Well, we all know that artists must grow and develope in different paths and all that stuff. But when I buy a new Philip Glass album, I don't expect to hear Motely Crue! Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2003 by f s
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Strongest Albums of the 2000's yet
Truly one of the best albums in the last two years, by anyone. Do the artist and society a favor by actually buying this, regardless of th pricey cost, as he deserves the money... Read more
Published on June 13 2002 by SkewedPerspective-dbrowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Bird's Departure
Yes his first two albums were great, but this one is fantastic; and DIFFERENT! It's amazing how people want artists to keep playing the same stuff over and over. Read more
Published on April 20 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars In with the New
I believe a good artist can and will evolve thier sound with the changing influences and tallents one aquires. Read more
Published on March 20 2002
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