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Consider the Birds

Woven HandAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 2, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sounds Familyre
  • ASIN: B000654YZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sparrow Falls
2. Bleary Eyed Duty
3. To Make A Ring
4. Off The Cuff
5. Chest Of Drawers
6. Oil On Panel
7. The Speaking Hands
8. Down In Yon Forest
9. Tin Finger
10. Into The Piano

Editorial Reviews


"...This is it. The one. It's magical, dark, mysterious, sinister, gorgeous and moves me like very few records do." -- Aquarius Records

"A songwriter of apocalyptic intensity." -- Uncut

"Woven Hand is a well-crafted and valuable view into Edward's uniquely apocalyptic vision." -- Paste

"Woven Hand's eponymous debut is one of the best records you're going to hear this year." -- Devil In The Woods

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... December 18, 2004
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
Someone compared Woven Hand's last album to a walk in a dark,creepy forest. It was dense, eerie, and things just sort of appeared here and there. Well, if that's the case, then Consider the Birds is like reaching the end of the woods and realizing everything is still dark and scary as hell. It's not as dense or epic as Blush Music, but it brings a new energy. Edwards wails like his soul depends on it. The guitars wind and weave, the drums make sure you won't fall asleep anytime soon, and the lyrics are as stark and confrontational as you'll find anywhere. Amen, Brother Edwards, Amen.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One strange little album January 4, 2005
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I recently picked up this record because it was recommended to me by a friend whose taste I trust. I wasn't a fan, never heard of David whats-his-name or 16 Horsepower before, but I am now. Consider the Birds is one of the most unique records I've heard all year. The strange and dark songs are reminicent of Dead Can Dance and Leonard Cohen but with a bizarre Christian poetic vision and a bluegrass gospel-gothic twist. I'm not sure what David Eugene Edwards is on about half the time other than he loves (or fears) Jesus/god. This is more visionary poetry put to music than cojent wordplay or religious dogma. He doesn't seem to have an agenda other than to create a powerful emotional response in the listener. I am not a Christian by any stretch of the imagination and usually find religious lyrics to be either uninteresting or offensive such as most (not all) Christian music or laughable, such as the satanic pretentions of black metal (love the music though). But this album's poetry is truly and darkly beautiful, mysterious and powerfully moving. God's love might not be available but his judgement sure is inevitable. David Eugene Edward's god is the old testament one of fire and damnation: its God's way or the highway. And what God wants is a bit misterious and unfathomable to us mere humans, at least to this listener. The music is emotionally complex (there's some chills down the spine stuff here), melodic, and I'm gonna get some more. "The world will bow, the knees will be broken for those who don't know how."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edwards has done it yet again November 4, 2004
By Muppet
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If Woven Hand's first album was the sun, then Consider the Birds would be the moon, and a gorgeous moon at that. Edward's seminal effort with Woven Hand was very European sounding and rather high spirited. This album, on the other hand, is exquisitely dark. It's almost reminiscent of 16 Horsepower's last album, Folklore. Still, it's like no music I've ever heard. Each song is a dark little treasure. Edward's lyrics are deeply profound, as always, and bluntly religious; he no longer beats around the bush. The man paints pictures with his music; he is a lyrical genius. Some of the highlights of the album are To Make a Ring: very eastern sounding and cultishly creepy, Down in Yon Forest: the most upbeat, Edward's always does traditional songs extremely well, and Into the Piano: akin to Edward's swan song, Story and Pictures, the desperate melancholy of this song makes you almost want to cry, it's just so beautiful. Enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... November 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Oh my oh my... Even as a big Sixteen Horsepower fan, I wasn't too fond of the first two Woven Hand releases. They were good enough... but part of 16HP's appeal was the fire and brimstone of the music... something Woven Hand lacked. That didn't prevent me, being the 16HP completist that I am, from hunting this cd down on the release date. I was gleefully surprised when I found a local store that carried it.

The cd is simply outstanding. It's on par with, if not better than, much of the best 16HP. It's got the edge and the ferocity... while still incorporating some of the interesting creative elements that marks the Woven Hand material.

There is a big emphasis on piano this time, which continues David Eugene Edwards down the gothic americana path while still driving in the big, textured sonic tour de force akin to "Clogger" from the album "Secret South."

Definately recommended for all Sixteen Horsepower/Woven Hand fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What century is this again? January 12, 2008
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I'm usually pretty sure it's the 21st, but every autumn and winter when the cold air and short days come, the Woven Hand discs have to come off the rack. And once David Edwards starts weaving his compelling web of sound, it's 1876 all over again. If the recording technology (plus the electric bass & keyboards) had existed back then, I'd have no trouble believing that he had really lived in some 19th-century western frontier outpost and these tapes had just been lying in someone's attic until being discovered in 2004, probably fallen behind a dusty wooden whiskey crate.

It's not really fair to compare with his former outfit Sixteen Horsepower, since Woven Hand is a whole different animal. Instead of that burning rockabilly stomp, he goes for an introspective gothic low-key sound on his own (all the better to explore those dark corners of the soul). His religious faith informs this music more than ever, making it almost sound like it could have come from a solemn (and intense) church service. Not the tent-revival kind where people sing and dance themselves into a frenzy, but the kind that puts the fear of the lord into you with a hefty dose of hellfire and brimstone. If it makes you want to sleep with a lantern lit, so much the better. (And really, any associations you may have with the word 'religious' do this disc a disservice. The words are excellent poetry, and their pure sincerity transcends the subject matter entirely.)

It's easy to describe the sound by just talking about the instrumentation (banjo, upright bass, bells, gothic atmospheric keys, bluegrass-y miscellany), but that can't convey how unclassifiable the whole thing is, not to mention what a deeply affecting experience it is to hear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only his shadow stands by him
Bass resonance.
Hellfire and brimstone.
Discord. Cacophony.
Slow burns. Read more
Published 20 days ago by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars not a bad nuthing
if I like it you will too... I know ... I know.. you don't know me... but I know you and you'll LIKE it!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Another great piece of work by this unique band ! The meaningful lyrics get me into deep thought. There are many abrupt vocal 'bursts' that hook me.
Published 13 months ago by MICHAEL HESSING
5.0 out of 5 stars Song of my heart
I hate country music and most Christian music as well. This album not only makes both ok but speaks at the deepest of levels. Edwards has one of the best voices I've heard in ages. Read more
Published on May 24, 2009 by Jonathon M. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting,Starkly beautiful,terrifying...
David Eugene Edwards,frontman for the late lamented 16 Horsepower,has fashioned a superb album. CTB [yes,the title is a scripture reference] takes woven hands' previous... Read more
Published on June 12, 2007 by A. Hogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Outer Darkness
Not sure where the amateur jury sits with this one, or the professionals or,the masses. I'm no advocate of preachy matters, but despite a manic element about David Eugene Edwards,... Read more
Published on February 7, 2007 by R. J MOSS
5.0 out of 5 stars Consider the Birds; the best from David Eugene Edwards yet
For fans of Sixteen Horsepower, Woven Hand comes highly reccommended. After their split early in 2005, any of those still in need of their unique, bleak take on the world can look... Read more
Published on September 1, 2005 by R. Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars woven with a soul!
not a weak track on the cd! fans of 16 horsepower (now disbanded) don't despair. david eugene edwards really shines on this cd. Read more
Published on August 6, 2005 by T. Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...
I can't do a better job than Muppet and Sir at explaining just how great this CD is. Only to reiterate that this is some of the best music DEE has ever made. Read more
Published on December 10, 2004 by Hal Egan
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