Bird-Brains

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Bird-Brains
Birdbrains.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 2009
GenreLo-fi
Length53:49
LabelMarriage Records, 4AD
Tune-Yards chronology
Bird-Brains
(2009)
Whokill
(2011)

Bird-Brains (stylized as BiRd-BrAiNs[1]) is the debut album by lo-fi musician 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]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
BBCpositive[6]
Robert ChristgauA[7]
Coke Machine Glow73%[8]
Drowned in Sound8/10[9]
The Guardianpositive[10]
Pitchfork Media6.8/10[1]
PopMatters7/10[11]

Accolades[edit]

Pitchfork ranked this album at #44 in their list of 'The Top 50 Albums of 2009'.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks 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 Media. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Sam & Matt (August 25, 2010). "Inside The Jukebox: Tune-Yards Q&A". The Wounded Jukebox. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Richardson Andrews, Charlotte (April 7, 2011). "Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus on life after lo-fi". The Guardian. GMG. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  4. ^ Bird-Brains at Metacritic. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "Bird-Brains – tUnE-yArDs". AllMusic. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Ubaghs, Charles (November 19, 2009). "tUnE-YaRdS BiRd-BrAiNs Review". BBC. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2009). "BiRd-BrAiNs review". Consumer Guide. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Marsh, Calum (September 21, 2009). "BiRd-BrAiNs review". Coke Machine Glow. Archived from the original on May 13, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  9. ^ Ashurst, Hari (November 17, 2009). "Tune-Yards — BiRd-BrAiNs". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  10. ^ Hann, Michael (November 12, 2009). "tUnE-YaRDs: BiRd-BrAiNs". The Guardian. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  11. ^ Fairell, Jer (August 20, 2009). "tUnE-YaRdS: BiRd-BrAiNs". Popmatters. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  12. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2009 | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-04-24.

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