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Thrills Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 14 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B000005Z5S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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1. Minor Stab
2. Ides Of Swing
3. Glass Figurine
4. Pathetique
5. Depression-pasillo
6. 50 Pieces
7. A Woman's Life And Love
8. Swedish Wedding March
9. Eugene
10. Gris-gris
11. Cock O' The Walk
12. Nuthinduan Waltz
13. Some Of These Days
14. "Chinatown, My Chinatown"

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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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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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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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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 play them so often. I grew up on college radio (punk, "post-punk", etc.), dove headlong into classical and old jazz later in life and "found myself" musically with Andrew Bird's music. He evokes the music of the 1st half of this century without lapsing into New Age pap or shallow mimickry. He swings, but has nothing to do with the "neo swing" trend. (If you want to dance to swing music, buy the music of the big bands of the 40s--don't waste your time with the "Hooked on Classics" cheese being peddled by the likes of those big bad cherry-poppin clowns.)
If I had the $$, I would rent out the Red Room in New Orleans for a night (or two)--if that's even possible--hire Andrew and his Bowl--if that's even possible--and fly in 100 of my best friends (no zoot suits allowed--although tasteful smoking jackets might be permitted) for the musical night of their lives.
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Format: Audio CD
Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire CD entitled THRILLS is a compelling compilation of multicultural, literary music that evolved from the swing band tunes of the 1920's-40's. Bird, who avoids pop music, does not merely ressurrect grand old tunes but he reinvents hot swing numbers reminiscent of this era with incredible intellectual finesse. Like a musical alchemist, His creations combine the eclectic elements of hot jazz, calypso, gypsy, blues & Irish folk into a golden, multicultural genre that could be appropriately named "Hot EURO-Swing."
Bird weilds his bow masterfully like a musical Van Gogh dipping into a pallette full of colorful lyrics, and painting powerful portraits of the characters living in his songs.
Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire THRILLS CD is undoubtedly the cure for musical enui/ monochromatic music. This music has a levitating effect on listeners that enhances libido (musical ecstacy) & elevates mood similar to hypnosis therapy. Experience the thrill of discovering these immensely talented rising stars of hot swing; i.e. hurry up & buy this CD before it's sold out.
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