Andrew Bird: Useless Creatures

Andrew Bird
Useless Creatures
Fat Possum

Originally only available as part of the deluxe edition of his 2009 album Noble Beast, Andrew Bird’s Useless Creatures has just been released as a separate disc.

The nine-track instrumental effort is pretty much what you have come to expect from the talented multi-instrumentalist, though a bit more upbeat than Noble Beast. The water color on the album cover of beetle and dragonfly looking out in a field of grass and mushroom captures the mood of the disc quite well. Songs like “Master Sigh” and theupbeat “Nyatiti” could be the anthems of spring. The mood drops a bit with the somber “Barn Tapes,” but catches back up with the eclectic “Spinney”.

Joining the Chicago-based Bird on the record are Wilco’s Glenn Kotche on percussion and Todd Sickafoose on double bass.