- Released: August 24, 1999
- Label: Rykodisc
JazzTimes - 4/00, pp.101-2
"...15 fun, intentionally dusty tracks....relentless in inventing twisted musical hybrids and hurling out lyrical gibberish..."
Dirty Linen - 4-5/00, p.90
"This is a collection of musicians who can play the pants off swing band music and then throw in some cool jazz for good measure....These gents spin out...songs meant to get you rolling off the sofa and into a back alley for some forbidden fun and jive."
- 1.Candy Shop
- 2.Tea and Thorazine
- 3.Wishing for Contentment
- 5.The Idiot's Genius
- 8.Dora Goes to Town
- 10.And So...
- 11.Coney Island Shuffle
- 13.(What's Your) Angle?
- 14.The Confession
- 15.Beware (Reprise)/Drinking Song (In the Grande Style) - (reprise)
Andrew Bird's Bowl Of Fire: Andrew Bird (vocals, violin); Colin Bunn (guitar); Josh Hirsch (bass); Kevin O'Donnell (drums).
Additional personnel: James Mathus (guitar, banjo, mandolin, trombone); Jack Fine (trumpet); Pat Sansone (piano).
Recorded at Magazine Sound Recording, New Orleans, Louisiana. Includes liner notes by Andrew Bird.
Personnel: Andrew Bird (violin); James Mathus & His Knockdown Society (guitar, banjo, mandolin, trombone); Colin Bunn (guitar); Josh Hirsch (cello); Pat Sansone (piano).
Liner Note Author: Andrew Bird.
Recording information: Magazine Sound Recording, New O.
Photographer: Daniel Coston.
Andrew Bird's second album Oh! The Grandeur reunites him with his Bowl of Fire counterparts, as well as some special collaborators like the Squirrel Nut Zippers' James Mathus. Recorded in New Orleans, the album builds on the hot jazz/Brecht vibe that Bowl of Fire pioneered on their first album Thrills, but focuses more on Bird's witty lyrics and deadpan delivery, as tracks like "Tea & Thorazine" and "The Idiot's Genius" display. Musically, Oh! The Grandeur keeps the live, one-take feeling of its predecessor, and Bird's fiddle playing is as expressive as ever. ~ Heather Phares