Oh! The Grandeur

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Oh! The Grandeur
Studio album by Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire
Released August 24, 1999
Genre Indie rock, Swing Music
Length 54:39
Label Rykodisc
Producer Andrew Bird, Mike Napolitano
Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire chronology
Oh! The Grandeur
The Swimming Hour
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Oh! The Grandeur is Andrew Bird's second album with the Bowl of Fire. The first track, "Candy Shop", was recorded as a demo track for the then-upcoming Tim Robbins film, Cradle Will Rock (though the song did not appear in the film). Another track of note on this album is "Tea & Thorazine," which was inspired by Bird's autistic brother's experience with mental institutions. The song mentions a "Dr. B" and Bird identifies him in the album liner notes as Bruno Bettelheim, an early autism researcher.

The US release uses HDCD encoding, but the package is not labeled as HDCD. [2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Andrew Bird, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Candy Shop" 3:42
2. "Tea & Thorazine" 4:16
3. "Wishing for Contentment" 3:11
4. "Wait" (Lyrics adapted from the poem Wait by Galway Kinnell) 4:47
5. "The Idiot's Genius" 2:33
6. "Vidalia" 2:50
7. "Beware" 4:21
8. "Dora Goes to Town" 3:03
9. "Feetlips" 3:05
10. "And So..." 1:24
11. "Coney Island Shuffle" 5:00
12. "Respiration" 2:10
13. "(What's Your) Angle?" 3:28
14. "The Confession" 5:04
15. "Beware (Reprise)" (+ Bonus track: "A Drinking Song In the Grande Style") 5:45


  1. ^ Phares, Heather. Oh! The Grandeur at AllMusic. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  2. ^ "List of HDCD-encoded Compact Discs". Hydrogenaudio. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 

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