Weather Systems (Andrew Bird album)

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Weather Systems
Studio album by Andrew Bird
Released April 1, 2003
Genre Indie folk, baroque pop
Length 34:03
Label Grimsey Records, re-released on Righteous Babe
Producer Mark Nevers
Andrew Bird chronology
The Ballad of the Red Shoes
(2002)The Ballad of the Red Shoes2002
Weather Systems
Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs
(2005)Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
*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 disk features an eight-minute film by Bob Trondson about Bird and the recording of the album. The cover art was done by Jay Ryan.

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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Andrew Bird, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "First Song" Lyrics include excerpt from the poem "First Song" by Galway Kinnell from his book What a Kingdom It Was 4:19
2. "I"   3:13
3. "Lull"   5:09
4. "Action/Adventure"   4:04
5. "→" ("~" on reissues)   1:36
6. "Skin"   2:53
7. "Weather Systems"   6:31
8. "Don't Be Scared" Brett Sparks, Rennie Sparks 3:40
9. "←" ("~" on reissues)   2:38