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My Finest Work Yet

Andrew Bird

My Finest Work Yet

Album number twelve from the Chicago-born multi-instrumentalist produced by Paul Butler

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  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    The arrangements are as precise as ever, the track order gradually revealing a narrative that includes wrongdoings, incitement, and action. There is no resolution, but a commitment to shaking off our apathy or despair and helping others do the same
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  2. 8.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Less a niche corner of the folk genre and more an illustrious banner for all to appreciate. In Bird’s vast canon of genre experimentation, there’s room for at least one big time indie-rock record – and this fills those shoes quite well
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  3. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s a piece of masterful craftsmanship tucked snugly into the singer-songwriter tradition
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The title may well have been chosen ironically, but this is indeed his finest work yet – whatever your stance on whistling may be
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  5. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    This woeful, wonderful, wacky, and weird record certainly makes a strong case for its title
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    My Finest Work is definitely a high watermark, and one that deserves to reach a bigger audience. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Poetically capturing fearing the unknown, Bird masters the art of easing everyday worries though his artistry
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  8. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    His most plainly and darkly funny album in a long time
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  9. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The songwriter offers positive melodies at a time that feels like a death spiral
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  10. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    An appropriately titled album finds Andrew Bird's music catching up with his age
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  11. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    What separates My Finest Work Yet from his other albums, outside of the cheeky title, is a lack of a central theme
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  12. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An album of discontent, My Finest Work Yet seeks to empathise and galvanise
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  13. 7.0 |   Uncut

    "Bellevue Bridge Club" lands somewhere between Van Morrison, Richie Havens and - if only thanks to his violin's drones - The Velvet Underground, while "Manifest" is like a sober Townes Van Zandt. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Despite Bird's Death Of Marat pose on the cover, My Finest Work is not quite revolutionary. Print edition only

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