Andrew Bird

Hands of Glory (Mom + Pop)

ACL Music Fest Saturday Reviews

Andrew Bird

Hands of Glory (Mom+Pop)

Andrew Bird's March release, Break It Yourself, climbed the Billboard Top 10 and prompted the Chicago whistler's whirlwind of late-night television appearances. Always the overachiever, the fiddler and multi-instrumentalist has something more. Companion piece Hands of Glory restructures the old and new alike in dusty-trail cowboy swag. "Three White Horses" opens on strolling bass, lapsing into a ghostly lonesome and pulls back into a marched and swelling final chorus. Traditional "Railroad Bill" and Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You" stand out among Bird's originals, separated by the natural country whine in both his violin and voice. "Orpheo," a reworking of Break It Yourself favorite "Orpheo Looks Back," preserves the lyrics but slows and revamps the sonics into a delicate and devastating soliloquy mapped by Bird's pulled and plucked violin. (4pm, Bud Light stage)

****

READ MORE
More Andrew Bird
Saturday ACL Fest Record Reviews
Andrew Bird
Are You Serious (Record Review)

Neph Basedow, Sept. 30, 2016

ACL Live Shot: Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird
Zilker Park, Oct. 13

Abby Johnston, Oct. 19, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Octopus Project
Memory Mirror (Record Review)

Abby Johnston, April 14, 2017

Texas Platters
Cotton Mather
Wild Kingdom (Record Review)

Michael Toland, April 14, 2017

More by Abby Johnston
SXSW Music Live: Grandaddy
SXSW Music Live: Grandaddy
Wrestling guitars back from the rise of synthesizers

March 18, 2017

SXSW Music Live: Banks
SXSW Music Live: Banks
Fuckery or non-fuckwithable?

March 17, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Andrew Bird

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)