Noble Beast

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Noble Beast
Studio album by Andrew Bird
Released January 20, 2009
Genre Baroque pop
Length 54:17
Label Fat Possum, Bella Union Records
Andrew Bird chronology
Soldier On EP
(2007)
Noble Beast
(2009)
Break it Yourself
(2012)

Noble Beast is American singer-songwriter Andrew Bird's fifth solo studio album released on January 20, 2009.[1] Two songs from this album were previewed on his webpage, "Oh No" and "Carrion Suite", while the entire album was made available by NPR[2] as a streaming feed. Noble Beast was made available as a standard CD release, a special limited-edition deluxe two-CD package and a double-LP package.

The track "Tenuousness" appears in the closing credits for the 2011 movie Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Andrew Bird, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Oh No"   4:20
2. "Masterswarm"   6:35
3. "Fitz and the Dizzyspells"   3:36
4. "Effigy"   5:06
5. "Tenuousness"   3:51
6. "Nomenclature"   2:54
7. "Ouo"   0:20
8. "Not a Robot, but a Ghost" (Bird, Martin Dosh) 5:37
9. "Unfolding Fans" (Bird, Jeremy Ylvisaker) 0:57
10. "Anonanimal"   4:47
11. "Natural Disaster"   4:18
12. "The Privateers"   3:24
13. "Souverian"   7:18
14. "On Ho!"   1:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Andrew Bird - violin, vocals, whistling, guitar
  • Martin Dosh - percussion, looping, keys
  • Jeremy Ylvislaker - guitar, bass, organ, shortwave
  • Kelly Hogan - background vocals
  • Mike Lewis - clarinet
  • Todd Sickafoose - double bass
  • Ben Martin - cardboard box drums
  • Tony Crow - juno

Deluxe edition bonus disc[edit]

Deluxe Edition album art, to be used for Noble Beast/Useless Creatures 2 CD set

The limited edition of Noble Beast shipped with a companion disc of instrumental songs, entitled Useless Creatures.[3] This collection was made available on Bird's website in early January, before the album's release. Noble Beast / Useless Creatures was deleted after one initial run, both in the US and the UK, exclusively.

No. Title Length
1. "Master Sigh"   2:17
2. "You Woke Me Up!"   7:24
3. "Nyatiti"   4:01
4. "The Barn Tapes"   10:12
5. "Carrion Suite"   9:39
6. "Spinney"   0:45
7. "Dissent"   3:54
8. "Hot Math"   7:18
9. "Sigh Master"   5:32
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club (B+)[5]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[6]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[7]
LA Times 3/4 stars[8]
Paste (6.7/10)[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[13]
Spin (7/10)[14]
Uncut 4/5 stars[15]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 12
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums 3
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums 54
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 1

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