Chicago native Andrew Chicken's newest providing “Break it Your self” stays true to the intelligent wit and one-of-a-kind whimsy that followers have come to count on from his music.
As a grasp of mixing virtuoso violin taking part in and a signature whistling fashion that's seemless in its personal proper (amongst different pleasant thrives), Chicken manages to all the time effortlessly keep a pop sensibility that warrants repeat taking part in with out changing into too boring. It's no completely different this time round.
On “Desperation Breeds”, the album's opener, Chicken delicately ruminates on the world's bee scarcity earlier than slowly breaking right into a excessive pitched violin squeal that dips right into a mad frenzy of his trademark fingering expertise. It nearly actually appears to channel the frustration and confusion of the bees themselves.
“Eyeoneye”, a observe that manages to correlate heartbreak and the problems of a tumor referred to as a teratoma is as catchy as something he's executed prior to now, if no more so. The driving power of the melody makes vulnerability appear to be a enjoyable expertise that nobody ought to miss out on. That is particularly clear in direction of the top when he sings / chants “Go forward and defibrillate your self” earlier than the pounding drums construct to a crescendo … after which fizzle with, in fact, a lightweight whistle; as if we simply ran a hardcore marathon prefer it was nothing. Exhaustion doesn't exist right here, however exultation.
The hearbreak theme continues in “Close to Demise Expertise Expertise”, the place the happiness of surviving a aircraft crash is dancing “… like most cancers survivors … grateful merely to be alive”. However don't let the darkish material idiot you. The carefree temper of the tune is so blissful it's like skipping down a sidewalk below a row of apple timber. Solely when the apples hit your head do you notice the ability conveyed within the lyrics of overcome ache.
Who knew the topic of conquering concern and doubt could possibly be so purely beautiful? Take “Deadly Shore”, the place a mellow Mr. Chicken meditates on the topic as quietly subdued as ever, however no much less emotionally highly effective as a few of his greatest tracks. The drums gently faucet together with the guitar and bass like a delicate stroke on an aching again as Chicken and vocalist Nora O'Connor harmonize fantastically whereas repeating such lyrics as “You by no means know any doubt like we who breathe out and in”.
A welcome comeback since 2009's “Noble Beast”, we get a document not fairly as instantly accessible or endlessly playful, however one that also stands as robust as most of his greatest work does. The small print turn out to be extra obvious with every pay attention, and that's when the conclusion units in: “Break it Your self” isn't simply an album a couple of break-up. It's truly a whole, beating entity, not too in contrast to a coronary heart with its personal love to present.
I personally wouldn't wish to break this sort of coronary heart on my own. That's the place you, the listener, is available in … to really feel the enjoyment of heartbreak. An oxymoron that solely is sensible in Andrew Chicken's world.