Noble Beast

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Noble Beast
Noble Beast (Front Cover).png
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 20, 2009
GenreBaroque pop
LabelFat Possum (US)
Bella Union (UK)
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Noble Beast is American singer-songwriter Andrew Bird's fifth solo studio album released on January 20, 2009.[1] Two songs from this album were previewed on his webpage, "Oh No" and "Carrion Suite", while the entire album was made available by NPR[2] as a streaming feed. Noble Beast was made available as a standard CD release, a special limited-edition deluxe two-CD package and a double-LP package.

The track "Tenuousness" appears in the closing credits for the 2011 movie Crazy, Stupid, Love.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club(B+)[5]
Drowned in Sound(9/10)[6]
The Guardian5/5 stars[7]
LA Times3/4 stars[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes3.5/5 discs[10]
Pitchfork Media(7.5/10)[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[12]
The Skinny4/5 stars[13]
Uncut4/5 stars[15]

The album received a Metacritic score of 79 out of 100 based on 29 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[3]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 12, and No. 3 on the Top Rock Albums Albums chart,[16] selling 26,000 copies in the first week.[17] The album has sold 150,000 copies in the United States as of December 2011.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Andrew Bird, except where noted.

1."Oh No" 4:20
2."Masterswarm" 6:35
3."Fitz and the Dizzyspells" 3:36
4."Effigy" 5:06
5."Tenuousness" 3:51
6."Nomenclature" 2:54
7."Ouo" 0:20
8."Not a Robot, but a Ghost"Bird, Martin Dosh5:37
9."Unfolding Fans"Bird, Jeremy Ylvisaker0:57
10."Anonanimal" 4:47
11."Natural Disaster" 4:18
12."The Privateers" 3:24
13."Souverian" 7:18
14."On Ho!" 1:08

Other appearances[edit]

  • "Not a Robot, But a Ghost" samples from the song "First Impossible," which appears on Dosh's album, Wolves and Wishes

Useless Creatures (Deluxe edition bonus disc)[edit]

Deluxe Edition album art, to be used for Noble Beast/Useless Creatures 2-CD set

The limited edition of Noble Beast shipped with a companion disc of instrumental songs, entitled Useless Creatures.[19] This collection was made available on Bird's website in early January, before the album's release. Noble Beast / Useless Creatures was deleted after one initial run, both in the US and the UK, exclusively.

1."Master Sigh"2:17
2."You Woke Me Up!"7:24
4."The Barn Tapes"10:12
5."Carrion Suite"9:39
8."Hot Math"7:18
9."Sigh Master"5:32


  • Andrew Bird - violin, vocals, whistling, guitar
  • Martin Dosh - percussion, looping, keys
  • Jeremy Ylvislaker - guitar, bass, organ, shortwave
  • Kelly Hogan - background vocals
  • Mike Lewis - clarinet
  • Todd Sickafoose - double bass
  • Ben Martin - cardboard box drums
  • Tony Crow - juno


Chart (2009) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 77
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 62
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[22] 64
US Billboard 200[23] 12
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[24] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[25] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[26] 3
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[27] 2


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  2. ^ "Exclusive First Listen: Andrew Bird's 'Noble Beast'".
  3. ^ a b "Noble Beast by Andrew Bird". Metacritic.
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  5. ^ "Andrew Bird: Noble Beast". AV Club. 27 January 2009.
  6. ^ Skinner, James (2009-02-02). "Andrew Bird - Noble Beast". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  7. ^ Costa, Maddy (30 January 2009). "Andrew Bird - Noble Beast". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  8. ^ Brown, August (January 20, 2009). "Album review: Andrew Bird's 'Noble Beast'". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "Andrew Bird: Noble Beast". Past Magazine.
  10. ^ "Music Review: Andrew Bird - Noble Beast".
  11. ^ Tangari, Joe (January 22, 2009). "Andrew Bird - Noble Beast". Pitchfork.
  12. ^ Hermes, Will (January 20, 2009). "Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 23, 2009.
  13. ^ Watson, Gillian. "Andrew Bird - Noble Beast". The Skinny.
  14. ^ Suarez, Jessica (27 December 2008). "Andrew Bird, 'Noble Beast' (Fat Possum)". SPIN.
  15. ^ McKay, Alastair. "Album Review: Andrew Bird - Noble Beast". Uncut. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010.
  16. ^ "Top Rock Albums". Billboard. February 7, 2009.
  17. ^ Caulfield, Keith (March 14, 2012). "Bruce Springsteen Squeaks By Adele, Earns Tenth No. 1 Album". Billboard.
  18. ^ "ANDREW BIRD to release 'Break It Yourself' in March 2012". Bella Union. December 8, 2011.
  19. ^ "Andrew Bird new album release moved up". NME. 26 November 2008.
  20. ^ " – Andrew Bird – Noble Beast" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  21. ^ " – Andrew Bird – Noble Beast". Hung Medien.
  22. ^ " – Andrew Bird – Noble Beast" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Andrew Bird Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Andrew Bird Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard.
  25. ^ "Andrew Bird Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  26. ^ "Andrew Bird Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  27. ^ "Andrew Bird Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard.