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
Genre
Length 60:20
Label Mom + Pop (US)
Bella Union (UK)
Andrew Bird chronology
Noble Beast
(2009)
Break It Yourself
(2012)
Hands of Glory
(2012)
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

Personnel[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ a b "Break It Yourself - Andrew Bird". metacritic.com. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.avclub.com/review/andrew-bird-embreak-it-yourself-em-70515
  6. ^ Maddy Costa (1 March 2012). "Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself-Review". The Guardian. London. 
  7. ^ Joe Tangari. "Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself". 
  8. ^ Matthew Fiander. "Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself". 
  9. ^ Jon Dolan. "Break It Yourself – Album Review". 
  10. ^ Ray Finlayson. "Break It Yourself – Album Review". 
  11. ^ Grein, Paul (March 14, 2012). "Week Ending March 11, 2012. Albums: Bruce And Elvis". Chart Watch. Yahoo!. 
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Andrew Bird | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  17. ^ "Andrew Bird – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Andrew Bird.
  18. ^ "Andrew Bird – Chart history" Billboard Folk Albums for Andrew Bird.
  19. ^ "Andrew Bird – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Andrew Bird.
  20. ^ "Andrew Bird – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Andrew Bird.
  21. ^ "Andrew Bird – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Andrew Bird.
  22. ^ "Andrew Bird – Chart history" Billboard Vinyl Albums for Andrew Bird.