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The Swimming Hour


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 14 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00005ARFB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 By Éponine Thénardier on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Russell on 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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "pootkao" on Dec 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
People who think an artist should stay in the same musical box forever should just go listen to Nickelback.
Andrew Bird has created on of the most eloquent, poetic and tyrannical of albums. A work of art from top to bottom, a rootsy, swingy, alt-country angle that is completely perpendicular to all else that has come before.
I had never heard of him until I saw the Bowl of Fire live, and was absolutely floored. Bought this CD at the show and NEVER looked back. It raises traditional genres to a new level or modern rock-n-roll eloquence.
Buy it. It'll probably make your top 10 albums of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Miller on July 31 2003
Format: Audio CD
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 more than simply profient musicianship and arrangement.
This is an album we both love. It is a gem -- not a flashy diamond, but a subtle, perfectly formed sapphire. You can talk all you like about how it's a departure from Thrills, or from the SNZ work, but the end result is a bluesy, rollicking, exciting album with songs that match pretty much everybody's fringe interests. Songs from this album will be making it on to mixtapes for the rest of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SkewedPerspective-dbrowell on June 13 2002
Format: Audio CD
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 and not the disrespect of a download or shared burning.
Andrew Bird's other albums are fantastic listen's, but derivative. This is original and special. Find out why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20 2001
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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