Andrew Bird’s latest EP, Fitz and the Dizzyspells,... -
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Andrew Bird’s latest EP, Fitz and the Dizzyspells, was released on 11 May 2009. The EP contains the track “Fitz and the Dizzyspells” off of Noble Beast, along with four different tracks, three of them being offcuts of previously recorded songs. Noble Beast’s “Anonanimal” is revamped with a more personal sense of violin plucking and clearer, less misconstruable vocals, and it is retitled “See the Enemy”. Also off Noble beast is one of Bird’s masterpieces, “Tenuousness”. On the Fitz EP, this track feels a bit more raw and is slowed down a bit. Since these two songs are my favorite Andrew Bird songs to date, I was convinced Bird couldn’t improve upon them, especially when I saw them played live in Philadelphia in January, but I was delightfully mistaken. The two different cuts are so different, but retain the same amazing feel as the originals, so they are perfect additions to this EP. “Sectionate City” is a reworking of the track found on the Soldier On EP, and even with the changes, I am still not a fan of this one. Thankfully, Bird finishes off the EP with an excellent instrumental track called “The Nightshade Gets In It”, which is on the same level as the intricacies found on Useless Creatures. Overall, “Fitz and the Dizzyspells” is an excellent song to re-release as an EP, and the offcuts from Noble Beast combine with the instrumental make this yet another welcome addition to Andrew Bird’s discography.