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  • Personnel: Andrew Bird (vocals, violin); Nora O'Connor (vocals, guitar); Mark Nevers (guitar); Kevin O'Donnell (drums, percussion, glockenspiel).
  • Recorded at Bird Machine Studio, Chicago, Illinois.
  • With 2003's WEATHER SYSTEMS, indie-pop singer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird extinguishes his Bowl of Fire ensemble, and opts to carry on as a solo artist. The resulting collection is fittingly pared down, with the record's spare, subdued songs drawing greater attention to Bird's melancholy vocals and delicate violin work (see the drifting "Lull" and the dreamy "Action/Adventure"). With Bird aided by former Bowl of Fire members Nora O'Connor (vocals, guitar) and Kevin O'Donnell (drums), WEATHER SYSTEMS is not a complete departure from the BOF era, but it marks a new phase of the Chicago performer's impressive career, and readily stands out as one of his finest albums.
Professional Reviews
Q (4/04, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A]n atmospheric, multi-layered sound that's melodic and rhythmic but also moody and delicate."

Uncut (4/04, p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A]n astonishing violin virtuoso devoting himself almost entirely to pop music....Outstanding."

Magnet (6-7/03, p.84) - "...An atmospheric, serene and sometimes tense folk record crafted with wistful whistling and stylized violin playing..."

CMJ (07/07/03, p.7) - "...[Andrew Bird has] a vision that will cause fans of classical music, eccentric Americana and river-pirate country tunes to all sit up a bit in their chairs....A crooner for the young and old, the hip and the square, Mr. Bird is one swinging cat."

Mojo (Publisher) (3/04, p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Such a beautiful record."
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