Album #27: “Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs” — Andrew Bird (2005)
One of few fringe benefits of working at a daily back in the heyday of newspapers was the piles of free books and CDs sent your way. Didn’t matter if no one there ever reviewed them. In fact, you could not keep publishers, publicists, writers and musicians from sending you review copies, and asking them to stop only seemed to encourage them to send more. Of course, most of the best stuff was immediately snapped up by feature editors and music reviewers, but every great so often, a gem would slip through their notice and land in your lap. Such was the case with the amazing “Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs,” an infectious album that not only introduced us to the amazing Andrew Bird but to the amazing art of Jay Ryan, the Chicago poster artist who did the beautifully drawn booklet that came with. It is a mystery how I ended up with this jewel, but it spent the next several years in my CD player.