"A Way With Birds" CD
Happy Birthday To Me
Genres: indie pop, indie rock
PO Box 1035
Panama City, FL 32402
Jul 28 - Aug 3 2003
Calvin, Don't Jump's debut CD on HHBTM is indeed an
enjoyable listen. Combining unconventional pop songs with interesting
instrumental interludes, the band has created an epic album, rich in
melody as well as creativity.
The album starts off with an almost childlike instrumental called
"Triumphant Storm"; from there on, it's a real ride. You're
taken through mystery and suspense one minute, and then joy and
liberation the next. Tuneful and light pop numbers "Cockle"
and "Wisteria" are complemented by dark and sometimes
cryptic lyrics. Meanwhile, "O Mar" is a powerful, grand tune
with a nice melody; the only problem is that sometimes the catchiness
of it can get overshadowed by the loud instrumentation. As for the
instrumental pieces, they are just as important to the album as the
songs with vocals in them; the clarinet and trombone on "Adding
Up," for example, is delightfully uplifting, setting the listener
up for the strong "Wisteria." Finale "Wo" is a
dark and powerful song that closes the record off.
Altogether, A Way With Birds is a very well-done album that
offers much more than a quick pop fix. Calvin, Don't Jump have
written intelligent, listenable music that deserves to be heard.
16 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]