Bird-Brains

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Bird-Brains
Birdbrains.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 2009
GenreLo-fi
Length53:49
Label
Tune-Yards chronology
Bird-Brains
(2009)
Whokill
(2011)

Bird-Brains (stylized as BiRd-BrAiNs[1]) is the debut album by American lo-fi musician Merrill Garbus' project Tune-Yards. It was originally released as a Compact Cassette[2] on Marriage Records on June 9, 2009, and was re-released on August 17 by 4AD as a limited-edition pressing. It was released worldwide on November 16, 2009, with two bonus tracks.

The album was recorded almost exclusively by Garbus on a hand recorder and mixed with a shareware assembling program.[1] Speaking to Charlotte Richardson Andrews of The Guardian, she noted her instrumental limitations and how they led to a dependence on percussion: "I had no bass – literally, I didn't own one – so the drums had to be big."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.3/10[4]
Metacritic79/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound8/10[7]
The Guardian5/5 stars[8]
The Irish Times3/5 stars[9]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[10]
MSN Music (Consumer Guide)A[11]
Pitchfork6.8/10[1]
PopMatters7/10[12]

Pitchfork ranked Bird-Brains at number 44 on their list of the top 50 albums of 2009.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Merrill Garbus.

No.TitleLength
1."For You"1:50
2."Sunlight"3:47
3."Lions"4:59
4."Hatari"5:39
5."News"3:24
6."Jamaican"3:54
7."Jumping Jack"3:54
8."Little Tiger"4:59
9."Safety"4:37
10."Fiya"5:28
11."Synonynonym"3:50
12."Want Me To" (bonus track)4:24
13."Real Live Flesh" (bonus track)3:33
  • The vinyl edition does not include the track "Synonynonym" and instead ends with "Fiya".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Richardson, Mark (April 3, 2009). "tUnE-yArDs: BiRd-BrAiNs". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Sean and Matt (August 25, 2010). "Inside The Jukebox: Tune-Yards Q&A". The Wounded Jukebox. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Andrews, Charlotte Richardson (April 7, 2011). "Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus on life after lo-fi". The Guardian. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "BiRd-BrAiNs by tUnE-YaRdS reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "Reviews for BiRd-BrAiNs by tUnE-yArDs". Metacritic. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Bird-Brains – tUnE-yArDs". AllMusic. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  7. ^ Ashurst, Hari (November 17, 2009). "Album Review: Tune-Yards – BiRd-BrAiNs". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Hann, Michael (November 13, 2009). "tUnE-YaRDs: BiRd-BrAiNs (4AD)". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Carroll, Jim (October 16, 2009). "Tune-yards: Bird-Brains (4AD)". The Irish Times. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Clarke, Jude (November 16, 2009). "tUnE-yArDs – BiRd-BrAiNs". MusicOMH. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 2009). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  12. ^ Fairell, Jer (August 20, 2009). "tUnE-YaRdS: BiRd-BrAiNs". PopMatters. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  13. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2009". Pitchfork. December 17, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2017.

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