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Soldier On album cover
The Trees Were Mistaken
Sic of Elephants
The Water Jet Cilice
Plasticities (Remix)
Heretics (Early Version)
Sectionate City
How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down On the Farm
Oh Sister
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 35:08

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not just for the whistle/violin Andrew Bird lover


The Water Jet Cilice alone justifies downloading the whole album, but the Oh Sister cover is also great

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what a cool little e.p.


be careful though, some of these songs will get stuck in your head all week.

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Special songs, but not as complete as others


This album holds several beautiful songs, which feature Bird's beautiful whistling and soft harmonies. The standouts are "Oh, sister" and "How you gonna keep them down". The rest sort of fade to the background. Not as complete an album as Armchair or Mysterious Egg, but a must have for any Bird fan.

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Mixed Up


I can only add to the critiques already placed. Bird has some amazing takes on here (i.e. Dylan's "Oh Sister" and the ol' folk ballad "How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm"). The LP as a whole, however, works more like a B-sides or Best Of collection, complete with barely remixed remixes ("Plasticities"). Good for the Andrew Bird history fan, but my advice is to pull a buffet style sampling and save your downloads.

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Not Armchair Apocrypha


I loved Armchair Apocrypha. A lot. So you can imagine what kind of expectations I had for this album. Needless to say, they were not met. So okay, it is not a terrible album, but you can imagine the letdown I felt as I struggled through it. The "Plasticities" and "Heretics" remixes are nothing special and seem to be out of place, and the other tracks are not particularly memorable.

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Change of Tone


I donĀ“t know about you, but it seems to me that Andrew's tone of voice changes completely at the beginning of "How You Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm" and makes him sound a lot like Jose Gonzalez...

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Get this. Then the other.


I confess that I first brushed this aside as a bunch of cast-offs from Armchair Apocrypha...and maybe it is...but this stands on its own as a sweet lo-fi outing, complete with plucked violin and whistling. I can't imagine anybody NOT want to wrap themselves in this. It's quiet, contemplative, and layered and entirely engaging. If you have Armchair Apocrypha on your best of 07 list (like I do), you've probably already got this. If not, no worries. Start here, and enjoy the fully fledged compositions there. Although the more I listen to this, it's starting to pull ahead of that one. So get them both.

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Just for the Fans


I'm a big Andrew Bird fan, but this is little more than a curiousity piece. 'The Water Jet Cilice' (which is the same as the emusic exclusive 'Self-Torture') and the early version of 'Heretics' are real gems, but otherwise everything here is half-baked stuff that didn't make it on to an album for a reason.

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Just randomly clicked on this one and fell in love with it. His voice reminds me of a smoother Beck and Jack Johnson in a way, and I really dig the arrangement. That's all I got for now.

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