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Oh! Grandeur

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 14 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00000JZ24
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Candy Shop
2. Tea And Thorazine
3. Wishing For Contentment
4. Wait
5. The Idiot's Genius
6. Vidalia
7. Beware
8. Dora Goes To Town
9. Feetlips
10. And So&
11. Coney Island Shuffle
12. Respiration
13. (What's Your) Angle?
14. The Confession
15. Beware (reprise)/Drinking Song (in The Grande Style)

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Violinist Andrew Bird earned well-deserved acclaim for his 1998 debut CD, Thrills, and its cabaret-meets-hot-jazz energy. Oh! The Grandeur is the much-anticipated follow-up and is every bit as quirky and darkly perfect. It's got Bird's astringent fiddle cutting a wide swath through Colin Bunn's riff-strummed and breezy cool guitar and the clomping rhythms of Josh Hirsch's bass and Kevin O'Donnell's drums. And it's got Bird's round-edged voice rolling over lyrics that are alternately moody and slaphappy. The music is clearly indebted to the hot club jazz that's been built on the duo of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, but it also owes props to Kurt Weill and even Bob Wills. Bird might not ever make the morning talk show circuit in the U.S. (unlike his former band, Squirrel Nut Zippers), but he's got a lock on taking a wealth of American traditions and rolling them into an odd, endearing whole. --Andrew Bartlett

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This album is seductive and fun, dark and poetic--I absolutely love it! If you close your eyes while you play it, you can almost imagine that you are in some dark, incredibly chic lounge. There is red velvet everywhere, cool looking couches, and candles providing most of the light. Yes, this is that sort of album. Like a good vacation, it takes you someplace new and in the end you are better for the experience.
The use of violin and vocals on this album is positively brilliant. There is a jazzy sound which permeates every song.
Included with the CD is a small booklet (measuring 2.5"x1.5") which includes "testimonials, explanatory text, sing along lyric sheets, with illustrations, supplied as a complementary amusement." It boasts being, "an assortment of new songs, intermezzi, two-steps, and waltzes by the popular musical group, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire." And so it is!
There are two reasons you should buy this album. The first is that it is probably unlike any you already have in your collection. The second is that it is DAMN GOOD!
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"Jazz is dead", well screw you, Jack Kerouac, you just didn't live long enough to hear Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire. Unarguably one of the most original jazz records to come out in recent years, Bird's "Oh! The Grandur" revives the long-passed, string-based "gypsy jazz" of Django Reinhart, a vibrant and lively form of music that has been unfortunatly forgotten. Riding on the shoulder's of dixieland revivalists, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bird furthers the trend with a new set of songs featuring his amazing violin skills and trully bizzare lyrics (songs about lighting people's gradmothers on fire in a candy shop, mental paitents who want to live inside an etch-a-sketch, and a ficticious fruit called "Vidalia" that has super-healing powers!). Just as amazing as his first album, "Thrills", but with better production, "Oh! The Grandur" is an album that even those who are not jazz aficionados will love. Unfortunatly, Mr. Bird has now exchanged his violin for guitar and adopted a more modern-rock sound, so this album and "Thrills" are the only gems he has graced us with, but with Bird's first two albums as well as "The Zippers" and that band's side-projects, We are given a body of work that will hopefully inspire more to follow in the footsteps of these great musicians.
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I love this album- Andrew Bird's first two releases are remarkable, but this (his sophomore release) was, I think, an overall step-up from his debut, "Thrills." One of the hardest things I had to do last fall was select which songs from his first two albums would go on a burnt CD mix... There were too many...
I came to Mr. Bird when I discovered that he played violin on SqrlNtZprs albums. I wanted more SNZ, loved the directions they pursued with 'Perennial Favorites' but didn't care at all for 'Bedlam Ballroom.' The production, I felt was all wrong and stood in the way of any judments I could make concerning the album. It sounded slick, polished- and I couldn't stand that. So I tracked down some solo releases by individual members of the Zippers and ended up with the pleasure of Mr. Bird's music. When I first got this CD it didn't leave my CD player for a week and a half, which is rare, as I'm an impatient, moody, feckless, hard to please music aficianado...
Genre-wise this is all over the place, certainly not jazz or swing (not entirely at least, though by grounding himself in the music of a bygone era, Mr. Bird invokes a moody, theatrical vibe that stays with you). All the players know their place and everyone works tightly to maintain the overall ambience of the album. The mood, I feel is equal parts Kurt Weill, Tom Waits and something that is Mr. Bird's own entirely. His voice is on the good side of competent with a (fake?) slight accent and the perfect diction of singers from the 30's. In my head I imagine him looking like the singer from 'The Hudsucker Proxy,' from the scnene where all the women fawn over him (yeah, I know it takes place in the fifties which is the wrong time period, but still...).
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Length - 48:18
Oh! The Grandeur! Andrew Bird is one of the greatest non sequiturs of my time. If this man lived in the 40s or 50s, I think he'd be considered one of the greatest song writers ever. He would have fit right in with Django Reinhardt or Irving Berlin, but at least he found the Squirrel Nut Zippers in his generation. He got his start with the Zippers, playing with them live for the first time in New Orleans, then staying on tour with them for the remainder of the year. Although this album strays a bit from the cherry poppin' verve of the Zippers, it's still fantastic in its own right. Some songs are just laughably lamentable. I don't know if these tracks are meant to be serious or what, but they come off as quite lugubrious, yet still thoroughly enjoyable. Other songs like Tea & Thorazine and Coney Island Shuffle are zestful cavalcades of swings, quips and thrills. My favorite song on here is the awesome closer, Drinking Song. If you're in the mood for a very different, very fun album, try this out.
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