Weather Systems (Andrew Bird album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||April 1, 2003|
|Genre||Indie folk, baroque pop|
|Label||Grimsey Records, re-released on Righteous Babe|
|Andrew Bird chronology|
|*Pitchfork Media||8.3/10 link|
Weather Systems, released in 2003, is Andrew Bird's second solo album and his first after disbanding Bowl of Fire. Bird has said that the album was simply a side project during his four or five year recording of Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs. At least two of the songs on the album suggest this fact: "I" is a slower, more dreary version of Armchair Apocrypha's "Imitosis," and "Skin" is a similarly slow, instrumental version of The Mysterious Production of Eggs' "Skin is, My."
The first track, "First Song," borrows its title and most of its lyrics from a poem in Galway Kinnell's book, What a Kingdom It Was, published in 1960. The penultimate song, "Don't Be Scared," is Bird's version of a song written and performed originally by The Handsome Family.
All tracks written by Andrew Bird, except where noted.
|1.||"First Song"||Lyrics include excerpt from the poem "First Song" by Galway Kinnell from his book What a Kingdom It Was||4:19|
|5.||"→" ("~" on reissues)||1:36|
|8.||"Don't Be Scared"||Brett Sparks, Rennie Sparks||3:40|
|9.||"←" ("~" on reissues)||2:38|
- The track "I" is an early version of "Imitosis", which appears on Armchair Apocrypha.
- "Skin" appears on the album The Mysterious Production of Eggs as "Skin is, My."
- "Don't Be Scared" is originally performed by The Handsome Family on the album Down in the Valley. A newer version by Bird appears on the cover album, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…