Multi-instrumentalist, classically-trained violinist and celebrated whistler (he's been at it from an early age, apparently), Chicagoan Andrew Bird has been carving out his own distinctive groove in the musical landscape since debuting with Music of Hair in 1996. Some six albums later - counting 1998's Thrills as Andrew Bird's Bowl Of Fire - Armchair Apocrypha made Bird the household indie name the previous five deserved (particularly the preceeding Mysterious Production of Eggs). 2009's Noble Beast went even further, entering the Billboard album charts at number 12.
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It starts with the lush, orchestral sounds of violins. Within seconds, the irresistibly catchy whistling begins, and before long there's a reference to "calcified arithmetists": indubitably, it can only be an Andrew Bird album.
If you're already a fan, then the opening of Bird's...