Wilco, Andrew Bird | Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, Geneva | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Wilco, Andrew Bird All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., July 8, 5:30 p.m. 2012

For Andrew Bird, making a new record is usually an ordeal that involves months of aborted sessions and rewrites (if not a nasty head cold or two). But he cut the recent Break It Yourself (Mom + Pop) in just seven days—time he'd originally set aside just to rehearse these new songs. This is also the first time he's used his working band to lay down the tracks as an ensemble, rather than having them play their parts piecemeal and bringing in outside musicians. By Bird's standards the lyrics are direct and the metaphors relatively lucid, whether he's singing about environmental depredation ("Desperation Breeds") or fantasizing about his own demise so he can feel the giddy relief of not dying ("Near Death Experience Experience"). But Andrew Bird continues to sound very much like Andrew Bird, which means lovely melodies, pretty textures, and delicate multilayered arrangements dancing seemingly effortlessly around his frail voice—and of course also means he's still self-­conscious and too clever by half. Of all his records, though, few have made it so easy to forgive him those eccentricities. —Peter Margasak Wilco headlines; Andrew Bird and the Congregation open.

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