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Thrills [Import]

Andrew Bowl of Fire Bird Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Bass- Josh Hirsch (tracks: 1 to 11) Drums- Kevin O'Donnell (tracks: 1 to 7, 9, 10) Guitar- James Mathus* (tracks: 1 to 4, 7 to 13) Violin- Andrew Bird Vocals- Andrew Bird (tracks: 1 to 6, 9 to 13), Katharine Whalen (tracks: 4, 7, 12)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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Format:Audio CD
Fans of the Squirrel Nut Zippers shouldn't be surprised if they find the music of Andrew Bird and his infamous Bowl of Fire to be particularly pleasing. Bird himself moonlights as a guest violinist for the Zippers, and has snatched away the talent of their female vocalist, Katharine Whalen, for this musical gem. Reader beware, however, that the stylings here are far different than the big band/swing of their squirrely counterparts. They are, perhaps, far more unique. The gypsy-like music sounds authentic, and evokes the idea of folk in a far different way than that which Bob Dylan has popularized. This is folklore, twisting bits of bluegrass, eastern European, jazz, and even, seemingly, Jewish/Israeli folk songs into the mix. The gypsy theme ties everything together, but an errant guitar riff or a stand-up bass throw all predictability out the window. Furthermore, the music is consistently and intentionally tinged with a static that adds to the mystery and that "old time" feel.
Likewise, the lyrics are brilliant. Bird is known for penning intelligent lyrics, and "Thrills" certainly corroborates this affirmation. Whalen's wails are still reminiscent of Billie Holiday, but her croons are sadder, more serious. "That blissful dream of childhood has ended," she laments on the seventh track, "A Woman's Life and Love". Bird's lyrics have changed her tone completely. A favorite lyric comes from the enigmatically named "Eugene": "Studies have shown/That we like sheep are prone/To sure fatal doses/Of malcontent through osmosis/But don't be sympathetic/Just pass the anesthetic/Because sheep are benign/And on the young we will dine". Cynical, perhaps, but assuredly insightful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as Oh! The Grandeur Dec 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a good CD though I was wanting something more like his "Oh! The Grandeur" which was more violin. This album is much closer to the Squirrel Nut Zipper sound. Which if you are not burnt out on that sound, is great. Just though I'd let people know what to expect. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT! Seriously, BUY IT! April 10 2001
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See all those reviews on the page telling you how great this music is? They aren't kidding. Look, you're here, so you must have some inkling that you like this style of music, whether you've heard of Andrew Bird or not. If you really like music, if you really listen for artistry and enjoy swinging fiddle and dark/funny/interesting/nonsensical songwriting.. never mind. Stop reading and JUST BUY IT. Come back later and tell us what you thought!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT! Seriously, BUY IT! April 10 2001
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See all those reviews on the page telling you how great this music is? They aren't kidding. Look, you're here, so you must have some inkling that you like this style of music, whether you've heard of Andrew Bird or not. If you really like music, if you really listen for artistry and enjoy swinging fiddle and dark/funny/interesting/nonsensical songwriting.. never mind. Stop reading and JUST BUY IT. Come back later and tell us what you thought!
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Oh! The Grandeur and Thrills of immense talented musician Andrew Bird are so fantastic that I prefer to consider it as a milestone in my collection. The sudden discovery of the strange cover of the album HOT of the group Squirrel Nut Zippers which had gathered dust at that time and was kept out of sight at one corner of that store(what a musically empty world...! ) led to the discovery of some contemporary talented musical spirits like Andrew Bird, James Mathus, Katharine Whalen etc. All of them have some relation to SNZ and I have always adored these musicians for their capacity to produce mind blowing music(buy their CDs too).
If there exists any concept like musical orgasm than I will say that I have got that spiritual experience from these CDs. Every piece of music in these CDs are full of quality, diversity and musical ingenuity and these do not leave any question about Mr. Andrew Bird and his groups musical sprit. Every piece of music is just more than art and they can actually talk to human souls.
I am a collector of jazz for sometime. By the word jazz, I mean quality music of the catagory jazz and not just some monotonous background noise! My taste goes for the genere of quality Classical, some few Bosa Nova and Cuban jazz (like Ibrahim Ferrer etc.) and New Orleans Jazz. The best part of these CDs are however, that these contains the elements of all these geners in adition to the elements of blues, country, gypsy, folk music etc. You will get everything from the great like Charlie Parker, Stephane Grappeli to Django Reinhardt form these two exceptionally admirable CDs. If jazz violinst Stephane Grappeli and jazz gitarist Django Reinhardt together can be a dynamite; than this genious Mr. Andrew Bird and his group alone is a nuclear bomb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff. It works April 24 2000
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Really liked the work. One of the best artists playing out there
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art! Feb. 29 2000
By Curt
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What can I say? Its a classic! I bought the CD after reading an article and had no idea what to expect, except old 30s style music. When I listened to it for the fist time I was constantly surprised! Every song takes you in a new direction! Andrew's violin playing is appositely breathtaking and his witty lyrics keep you on your toes...His wide range of influences, creativity, and technical wizardry encompass this recording. I would like to think that anyone who likes good music can dig this CD.
I also suggest Andrew's Second Album "Oh the Grandeur" and the Drummer's ( Kevin O'Donnell ) His CD, "Kevin O'Donnell's Quality Six" Are both just as good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel
It's beyond my comprehension how this performance can be compared to Django et. al. I found vocals grating, tunes uninspiring, musicianship nothing to write home about and sound... Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by S. Grossman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Engrossing, Intelligent Album-Freakin' Awesome!
I purchased this album after seeing it recommended on The Squirrel Nut Zipper official website (and learning of the contributions by Jim Mathus and Katharine Whalen). Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2000 by Ryan Costantino
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a little getting used to but......
this CD is well worth the time invested in listening. Andrew Bird is a very talented musician, and his intellect definately shows through. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY BOTH OF HIS CDS NOW--you'll thank me later.
Forget about the Squirrel Nut Zippers. They're fine, as far as they go, but their CD gathers dust on my shelf while Andrew Bird's CDs rarely get put back in their jewel boxes, I... Read more
Published on Sept. 15 1999 by Matthew P. Huggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
This is one of my favorite CD's ever! The energy that is put into Bird's violin playing astounds me. Read more
Published on July 8 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars aren't enough...
The summary says it all... I especially love this album, perhaps even more than my Squirrel Nut Zippers albums, where I first heard him, and I hope he releases another album, or... Read more
Published on March 31 1999 by avariel@lycosmail.com
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