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Societies sometimes sing their best songs for centuries. Consider that antediluvian American lament "Goodbye, Old Paint," or the worn murder ballads of the Appalachians, which still send shivers down spines and inspire new renditions, variations and song cycles. Ancient as they may be, these tunes still resonate emotionally, echoing some feeling each of us has likely felt.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DEAD OCEANS
  • ASIN: B0027DWA4M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6. Northern Lights
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8. Bright Future
9. Crooked Lust
10. This Day

Editorial Reviews

The follow-up to 2007's acclaimed "Hymns For A Dark Horse". "Upper Air" moves away from the singular sound and sentiment; each song is a unique, beautiful piece. The arrangements are subtle: acoustic guitars, organ, piano, autoharp, violin, percussion, upright bass, and more are used throughout. This music has the spirit of Richard and Linda Thompson, the currency of Devendra Banhart, and the addictively sweet melodicism of Iron & Wine, but it churns with an underlying energy closer to a Beirut or something more raw, more wild.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Scott on March 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I happened upon this band after watching them perform on NPR's All Songs Considered Podcast. I bought the mp3 on Amazon right away (what a deal for $5!)

This band exemplifies the kind of lo-fi beauty that represents the very best of Indie music. When I just want to listen to something soothing and beautiful, I turn this album on.

Looking forward to exploring their other works, hoping it sounds similar to Upper Air.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Despite the fact that this album has barely left the turnable in the past 18 months I cannot tell you till this day how "Northern Lights" managed to appear on my I Touch. Frankly I had never heard of the Bowerbirds and my life was no worse for it, that said it is now vastly improved. The "Northern Lights" is a wonderful country love song that is sparse in its modesty and yet it gently boils until you appreciate the full majesty of it all. See the band perform it brilliantly on You Tube live from the Digital Arts Entertainment Lab. It is pitch perfect, avoids becoming overwrought and has Appalachian charm that many country songs sorely lack. I love the second verse in particular -

"And I don't need you to catch my wanderin mind
And I don't expect a southern girl to know the northern lights
And all I want is your eyes
In the morning as we wake
For a short while"

This album and the excellent debut "Hymns for a Dark horse" (check out the accordion driven "In our talons") are not going to grab you instantly. It is a slow almost ponderous grower but it when it clicks is becomes a true friend. NME described it "as delicate, cloud-drifting Americana" which is spot on and is demonstrated most clearly on the surging "Teeth". Vocalist Phil Moore reminds me of the great Elvis Perkins while his girlfriend the uniquely named Beth Tacular provides strong melodic support throughout (surely her friends must nickname her "Spec"?). Other standouts include "House of Diamonds" where Ms Taculars singing comes to the fore throughout the chorus and the strong lyrics declaring that "You are free from the greed of your culture / you are free from the lust for the luster of the diamond houses in the city's cluster.
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By Jay Sobczak on January 21, 2013
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
If you like Andrew Bird and simple American folk with a hipster vibe, Bowerbirds will come through, but maybe not with flying colors. I saw them in Chicago a few years ago and liked the male/female shared production. But the album was a bit disappointing to me. I was hoping for more building intensity that their live show had that the album didn't. It's just my opinion, you may not want intensity, if so then it's terrific.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ale on January 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Nice record if you like Bon Iver, The Microphones and Americana.
Lyrics are very simple yet very poetic.
Sounds awesome on vinyl.
My Fav. record on this winter time.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hanna Tsuhara on September 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Similar to The The Tallest Man on Earth, but sounds a little thin at times. The vocals remind me of Iron&Wine, not the content but the style in which they are sung. Key tracks: Teeth, Northern Lights, Crooked Lust.
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