Bird-Brains

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Bird-Brains
Studio album by Tune-Yards
Released June 9, 2009
Genre Lo-fi, experimental pop, folk, worldbeat
Length 53:49
Label Marriage 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 dictation machine 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
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
BBC positive[6]
Robert Christgau A[7]
Coke Machine Glow 73%[8]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[9]
The Guardian positive[10]
Pitchfork Media 6.8/10[1]
Popmatters 7/10[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Merrill Garbus. 

No. Title Length
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 at AllMusic. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  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. 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. 

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