Break It Yourself

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Break It Yourself
Break It Yourself (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Andrew Bird
Released March 5, 2012
Length 60:20
Label Mom + Pop (US)
Bella Union (UK)
Andrew Bird chronology
Noble Beast
(2009)Noble Beast2009
Break It Yourself
Hands of Glory
(2012)Hands of Glory2012
Singles from Break it Yourself
  1. "Eyeoneye"

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]

Critical reception[edit]

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

The album was well received by critics: according to Metacritic, the album has received an average review score of 80/100, based on 33 reviews.[3]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 10, which is Bird's first top 10 entry in the chart, selling 30,000 copies in the first week.[11]

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


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


Chart (2012) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 84
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 137
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14] 79
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[15] 63
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 100
US Billboard 200[17] 10
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[18] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[19] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[20] 3
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[21] 3
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[22] 2