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Andrew Bird — Bloodless
Album: My Finest Work Yet
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7.4

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Total ratings: 837








Released: 2019
Length: 6:20
Plays (last 30 days): 3
They're profiting from your worry
Selling blanks down at the DMZ
Banking on the sound and fury
Wonder what it's to do with me

Bloodless for now

I'm keeping mine with the altruists
Putting my weight behind the dancer
I know it's hard to be an optimist
When you trust least the ones who claim to have the answers

And it's an uncivil war

Bloodless for now

And the poets they explode like bombs
While the gentry is drinking Moet Chandon
Turn around and quote a well known psalm:
Don't you worry 'bout the wicked
Don't you envy those who do wrong
And your innocence will be like the dawn
While the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun

The best have lost their convictions
While the worst keep
Sharpening their claws
Peddling in their dark fictions
While what's left of us we just hem and we haw

And it feels like 1936
In Catalonia
Catalonia
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Blimey, this is mellow.
 Edweirdo wrote:
Nice song, but it's pronounced Mo- et, not Mo-ay.
 And there was me thinking it was Marat, not Mo-et as in Chandon

Nice song, but it's pronounced Mo- et, not Mo-ay.
Got to love that album cover - everything but the stab wound.

Hence "Bloodless", eh?
 jahgirl8 wrote:

I wouldn't say finest, but it's okay.
 
Damn you had to duck to miss that one.
Live from here


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrTZF3J6YNk

Dude sounds like young, dispassionate Van Morrison. Not a bad thing.
Thanks RP.
To title a record with such modest aspirations is ambitious to say the least, but Bird nails it with this little ditty of a track. 
 SmackDaddy wrote:

It's a fantastic piece of work, matter of fact, one might say, if so inclined, that it is his finest work yet.
 
I wouldn't say finest, but it's okay.
 SmackDaddy wrote:
 killahfunkadelic wrote:
Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.
 

To better understand what divides us, this will enlighten. Are political leanings are hardwired. There is no changing it. Trump  (and the GOP over the years have motivated their base with fear because it works biologically). Dems use logic and empathy to manage risk. 
Brain Structure Determines Political Leanings 


 
Guess four people don't like the truth
 ScottishWillie wrote:
So very, very, exceptionally good. 

OK folks is this a good album to make my first Andrew Bird purchase?
 
It's a fantastic piece of work, matter of fact, one might say, if so inclined, that it is his finest work yet.
Bird references "Catalonia in 1936," which I think is one of the most interesting times and places in modern history. The Wikipedia article is excellent, I think.

"In Spain during almost three years, despite a civil war that took a
million lives, despite the opposition of the political parties
(republicans, left and right Catalan separatists, socialists,
Communists, Basque and Valencian regionalists, petty bourgeoisie, etc.),
this idea of libertarian communism was put into effect. Very quickly
more than 60% of the land was collectively cultivated by the peasants
themselves, without landlords, without bosses, and without instituting
capitalist competition to spur production. In almost all the industries,
factories, mills, workshops, transportation services, public services,
and utilities, the rank and file workers, their revolutionary
committees, and their syndicates reorganized and administered
production, distribution, and public services without capitalists, high
salaried managers, or the authority of the state."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

The thing is that according to G. Orwell and others who were there, it was working quite well; despite the protests from pundits of various political stripes that such a thing was insanely naive and could never work.

Good song, 7 for now. It probably  deserves an 8 just for mentioning Catalonia '36
Haven't cared for much of his other stuff I've heard, but this is pretty good.
Bumped from an 8 to a 9. Love the lyrics, the vocal, and that catchy little chorus. It might even eventually be a 10 for me.
the video for this song is worthy
 killahfunkadelic wrote:
Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.
 

What a fantastically uninformed view on the spanish civil war.
So very, very, exceptionally good. 

OK folks is this a good album to make my first Andrew Bird purchase?
Kinda like Boz Scaggs................without the soul
Always interesting, never less than thought provoking. Also a lush arrangement.. I shall be visiting Bandcamp again soon!
Lovely sounds, lovely arrangement, though the drumming  is pretty OTT.
 jlind wrote:
Anything else off this album worth listening to?
 

I listened to the whole thing a few times yesterday - there are a few as good or better than this one. 
My new favorite up-comer Madison Cunningham has been touring with him. Here they are playing each other's songs. She's credited as a vocalist on this record - she's singing harmony on this song.
Strongly recommend seeing Andrew Bird live. Truly a transporting experience.
Very wise words.
 jlind wrote:
Anything else off this album worth listening to?
 
I've been listening to several albums of his and haven't heard a bad song yet.

Love the album cover. Andrew's amazing. 
Bumping this up. What a cool groove...
very, very cool sound
So glad you are playing Andrew Bird as a regular selection.  He is an a amazing artist.  I love the depth of his sound, the randomness and wandering as we glide along with him.  The whistle, the piano, his voice, the violin.  He is a master musician.  He isn't there for the money, he is there for the creative.  So glad you are sharing his masterpieces with the RP audience!
 killahfunkadelic wrote:
Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.
 

To better understand what divides us, this will enlighten. Are political leanings are hardwired. There is no changing it. Trump  (and the GOP over the years have motivated their base with fear because it works biologically). Dems use logic and empathy to manage risk. 
Brain Structure Determines Political Leanings 


Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.
Anything else off this album worth listening to?
I don't know if it's his best work - but it's great!
Whoa, thought it was Hozier.
Nice when art begets art.

Death of Marat, painted by Jacques-Louis David:

https://mymodernmet.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/death-of-marat-1.jpg
New Andrew Bird -  Me Likey!
Man, Andrew Bird grooooooooves!!!

Eyes closed, tiny waves of pleasure from the "togetherness" of all the sounds. And, there's even some whistling :-) He's brought it all in a whole.

Thank you Mr Bird, thank you Mr G, you're making my late night working much nicer :-)

And there's even the album art. Marat-bird :-) and the lyrics. Yes, yes, yes.
an honor the be the first one on this. Wonderful flow. Great talent this guy!
Last one in the office... Can crank the sound up!

Am liking this mellow sound