Break It Yourself

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Break It Yourself
Studio album by Andrew Bird
Released March 5, 2012
Genre Indie rock, baroque pop
Length 1:00:20
Label Bella Union, Mom + Pop Music
Andrew Bird chronology
Noble Beast
(2009)
Break It Yourself
(2012)
Hands Of Glory
(2012)

Break It Yourself is American singer-songwriter Andrew Bird's sixth solo studio album, released on March 5, 2012 through Mom+Pop records in the US and Bella Union in the UK.[1] The track Lusitania features a duet with Annie Clark from St. Vincent.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Desperation Breeds..."   5:30
2. "Polynation"   0:45
3. "Danse Caribe"   5:19
4. "Give It Away"   4:31
5. "Eyeoneye"   4:07
6. "Lazy Projector"   4:59
7. "Near Death Experience Experience"   4:29
8. "Behind the Barn"   1:04
9. "Lusitania"   4:04
10. "Orpheo Looks Back"   4:55
11. "Sifters"   4:13
12. "Fatal Shore"   5:06
13. "Hole In the Ocean Floor"   8:18
14. "Belles"   3:00

Personnel[edit]

The Band

  • Andrew Bird - violin, guitar, vocals, whistling
  • Martin Dosh - drums
  • Jeremy Ylvisaker - guitar, keyboards, background vocals
  • Mike Lewis - bass, tenor saxophone, background vocals

Additional Musicians

  • J. T. Bates - drums on "Danse Caribe"
  • Annie Clark (St. Vincent) - vocals on "Lusitania", courtesy of 4AD
  • Nora O'Connor - vocal harmonies on "Give It Away", "Lazy Projector", "Near Death Experience Experience", "Fatal Shore"
  • Simone White - vocal harmony on "Desperation Breeds"
  • Wendy Lewis - cooking, moral support

Reception[edit]

The album was well-received with critics: according to Metacritic, the album has received an average review score of 80/100, based on 33 reviews.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (80/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[6]
PopMatters (5/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Beats Per Minute (79%)[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Break It Yourself - Andrew Bird". metacritic.com. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  5. ^ Maddy Costa (1 March 2012). "Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself-Review". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ Joe Tangari. "Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself". 
  7. ^ Matthew Fiander. "Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself". 
  8. ^ Jon Dolan. "Break It Yourself – Album Review". 
  9. ^ Ray Finlayson. "Break It Yourself – Album Review".