Album: The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Artist: Andrew Bird
Year Released: 2005
I really got into this album...
Favorite songs include...
“A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head To The Left"
Why it’s so good...
There are three reasons that stick out to me of why this album deserves a spot in my top 20.
- The story behind it. I don't know how true this is but when I was introduced to Mysterious Production I was told by a reliable source that Andrew had recorded the album himself in a barn he owned. That imagery is so true to Andrew Bird and the music he puts out.
- His musicality. The man's plenty skilled at playing the guitar and singing a tune. But its the elements you don't expect that he's really exceptional at: his harmonies are tight, he is a master violinist (notably played for Squirrel Nut Zippers before going solo), and most intriguing is his whistling capabilities. The man's whistle solo on "Sovay" or at the beginning of "MX Missiles" puts you in a trance.
- Andrew Bird doesn't just write a good song- something difficult enough for most of the music world. He writes a great album. There is so much range in these songs- each offering something new. And yet he ties them all together beautifully with a signature sound and texture to the recording and mood. Obviously a true mark of a great album.