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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • ASIN: B00009IB16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10. [8 minute quicktime film by Robert Trondsen]

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"...-- it's subdued, gentle and almost dreamily gorgeous folk-pop, more akin to Nick Drake or Low." -- (George Zahora, Spendid online, 5/19/03)

"...[an] intoxicating album..." -- (Mark Guarino, Chicago Daily Herald, 4/3/03)

"...genius underground pop songwriting..." -- (Dave Chamberlain, Chicago New City, 4/3/03)

"...moodier and more atmospheric than his previous work, Bird's serpentine pop remains as elegantly melodic as ever." -- (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader- 4/4/03)

"This is a record with moments of beauty, menace and grace. What will he do next?" -- (James Mann, Ink 19, June 2003)

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After listening to Weather Systems more I am in love with it.
R6rider
If you have been listening closely, although, this shouldn't surprise too much.
Stephen Haske
The lyrics combined with the completely enchanting music speak to the soul.
elvisfan1956

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Clare Quilty on September 9, 2003
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I like to listen to this album when I'm washing the dishes. This is good music to have around when sitting on the back porch. Sometimes, I'll play it when I'm boiling eggs for salad or when I'm lying in the front hall after a long day at work.

I'm a huge fan of Bird and his Bowl of Fire. Loved the first two records. The third one, "The Swimming Hour," felt like a shift away from the old fiddle-and-dagger-and-dancehall stuff, a necessary experiment -- and I did dig bits and pieces but most of it shook me off.

"Weather Systems" isn't a return to the old style, and he's put away the Bowl, but it's a firm step in another interesting direction; a better direction, I think. But it still has the same excellent strings, same incredible harmonies, and more chipper, twisted lyrics. It's more contemplative and sometimes I wish Bird would jump back up on the table and dance, but he's still given me a soundtrack for the next couple of months.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By elvisfan1956 on March 15, 2005
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A while back I was attending a show in Columbia, Missouri, to see Vic Chesnutt and Andrew Bird was the opener. I had never heard anything like the music that Andrew offered the audience that night. In fact, I was so blown away by Andrew's performance, that I hardly paid attention to Vic! I purchased the Weather Systems CD from Andrew that evening and have been in love with it ever since. There is an ethereal quality to the music on this CD that has to be heard to be appreciated, any words that I would use here to describe it would not do it any justice at all. A stand out, for me, is the third track, "Lull." The lyrics combined with the completely enchanting music speak to the soul. I highly recommend this CD, you will not be disappointed in the quality of Andrew Bird's amazing talent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alexliamw on April 9, 2004
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Americana isn't always tremedously imaginative, but this is one hell of a groundbreaker in the genre. Andrew Bird is not a singer-guitarist, but a singer-violinist, and he uses violin, played both classically and plucked like a guitar, through this quirky album of beautiful songs. Opener 'First Song' is more traditional alt-country balladeering, but tracks like 'I' display a quirky charm and a flair for offbeat rhythm and instrumental sounds. Meanwhile the title track is the album's centrepiece, a gorgeous epic awash in classical string playing, almost a sonata in its own right. At this stage its tempting to call him a composer, but there's a pop sensibility to these songs and a sort of back-country, American twang to them that places it firmly in an area of its own. With beautiful, swaying vocals, this could beat more conventional singer-songwriters any day, and is really worth investigation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R6rider on December 13, 2004
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My first experience with Andrew Bird was Spring 2000 in London. I was stoked to go see Buddy Guy perform and knew nothing of the opening band. That band was Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire and I was totally transfixed the instant they started to play. I was amazed that three guys (one of the band was out sick) could play so many instruments and do so much musically. As soon as I got back to the States I purchased their first album.

When Andrew Bird went solo I was worried that the music would suffer and I was disappointed in Weather Systems the first time I heard it. It was actually a let-down after The Swimming Hour, which grabbed me the first time I heard it. This album is much more subdued than his prior works so it takes a clear mind to really hear it. After listening to Weather Systems more I am in love with it. It is not so somber as it first seems, and the simple beauty of Don't Be Scared lifts my spirit every time I hear it. This, along with all of his prior albums, is one to own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2003
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I didn't know quite what to expect when I bought this CD. After the sudden drift toward rock in The Swimming Hour, I expected Bird to continue in that direction. He didn't, and really I think that's a good thing. This album is much moodier than any of his previous works. Some tracks might almost be described as ambient, but not like ambient techno. Every song feels relaxed and natural. Tracks that stand out are "I," "Lull," and the title track "Weather Systems." "I" for its more disjointed feel and slightly less comfortable key, "Lull" for its loose stylistic ties to a few tracks on "The Swimming Hour" with a slightly more conventional but still relaxed feel, and "Weather Systems" for it cinematic feel with layered violin tracks. Overall this is a great album and I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the moodier, less rockish tracks on "The Swimming Hour."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Haske on June 10, 2003
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If The Swimming Hour threw you for a loop, get ready for another. If you have been listening closely, although, this shouldn't surprise too much. It continues with Bird's move away from recreating bygone musical styles into more and more modern (or post-modern) leanings. I think he is reaching out to find his own voice, and succeeding. I had trouble comparing this new album to other artists in any quick, obvious way.
Weather Systems is very much a mood piece, so don't expect to dance or even bop your head to the music. Listen to this through your earphones, lie down and close your eyes.

Bird rocks less but whistles more, experiments more (distorted violin), and is more contemplative. Thankfully, Nora's beautiful voice (and guitar) is even more present than previously. She adds an ethereal quality to every song she supports. Kevin O'Donnell is still drumming away, this time with delicacy.
"Don't Be Scared" (Handsome Family) is his most beautiful and uplift song thus far, appropriately situated at the end of the album. It left me wanting more. It also left me wanting to listen to Oh! The Grandeur again.
The short movie for the computer is probably only interesting for super fans.
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