Andrew Bird
Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of...

Wegawam Music

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Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of... is American singer-songwriter Andrew Bird's eighth solo studio album. It was released in 2014 through Wegawam Music Co.

The album is a collection of covers of The Handsome Family, an American band Bird knows personally and professionally, having toured and collaborated together. Previous covers of their songs include an earlier version of "Don't Be Scared," on Weather Systems, "Giant of Illinois" off the compilation album Dark Was the Night, "When the Helicopter Comes," from Hands of Glory, and "Tin Foiled," on Fingerlings 3. Bird toured with the husband and wife duo in 2013. - Wiki

“All in all, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of seems to stand at the intersection of Bird’s latest releases. There’s a heavy focus on folk and traditionalism; sometimes Bird is churning out rustic fiddle lines as Merritt gently plucks an acoustic, but other times he’s leaning towards the expansive arrangements that could be found on Pulaski At Night or Break It Yourself. Ultimately, Bird continues to prove himself to be a versatile musician who’s as capable at fresh adaptations of country-leaning tunes as he is forward-thinking arrangements of his own.” - Paste Magazine

“With Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…, Bird reimagines ten Handsome Family songs, recreating them in his own, often more classical-leaning image. Gone are the Sparks’ rougher edges, replaced by an elegance and reverence that elevates these very live-sounding, intimate performances and simultaneously reshapes the lyrical context. With Bird’s choir-boy tenor, previously dark lyrics delivered in Brett’s low rumble suddenly take on a new light; no longer earth-bound, they scale swirling heights that give each new life, imbuing them with a new sense of purpose, a beauty within which it is easy to get lost.” - PopMatters

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Andrew Bird


Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of...


Wegawam Music


Vinyl, LP, Album



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Indie, Folk


Country Rock, Folk Rock

Catalog No:

wegawam 001