Featuring "Birds" [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Why do members of indie bands have to release records with side projects? Musicians used to pour all their dedication and creativity into their own group. And now that songwriters release every half-baked idea they record, there's a dreadful lack of editing. Quasi, though, are an exception. Drummer Janet Weiss still moonlights from Portland, OR's dynamo Sleater-Kinney, but one-time Donner Party stalwart Sam Coomes is no longer distracted by his defunct Heatmiser which now also leaves Elliott Smith completely solo, and Featuring Birds shows the benefit of full focus. Strangely, the song Weiss writes and sings is the best: "Tomorrow You'll Hide" has a knelling, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Why do members of indie bands have to release records with side projects? Musicians used to pour all their dedication and creativity into their own group. And now that songwriters release every half-baked idea they record, there's a dreadful lack of editing. Quasi, though, are an exception. Drummer Janet Weiss still moonlights from Portland, OR's dynamo Sleater-Kinney, but one-time Donner Party stalwart Sam Coomes is no longer distracted by his defunct Heatmiser which now also leaves Elliott Smith completely solo, and Featuring Birds shows the benefit of full focus. Strangely, the song Weiss writes and sings is the best: "Tomorrow You'll Hide" has a knelling, chamber-spiritual ambience with a wood-block-accentuated rhumba beat, underpinning her double-tracked, honey vocal. Great! She should sing lead more; at least her harmonies add flavor throughout. But Coombs' less vaporous, more hopeful tunes exhibit a command of the '60s/'90s pop lexicon spoken throughout the Pacific Northwest. His melodies are sunny, the guitars jangle with a My Bloody Valentine whir "Nothing From Nothing" is a less vicious "You Made Me Realize", and the organ is a harsh, '60s-ish fake harpsichord. Additionally, Coomes' sardonic lyrics avoid knee-jerk sneering, as he postulates our anesthetized, comfortably numb, TV-marketed future in "Our Happiness Is Guaranteed" and warns, "Walt Disney can't make me happy." Even "You Fucked Yourself" concludes without real rancor, tsk-tsk-style, "self-deceit is your worst mistake." Overall, Featuring Birds is cheerful, aggressive pop with disciplined writing, not some underfed, one-off mess of ego.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/1998
  • Label: Up.
  • UPC: 796818005428
  • Catalog Number: 54
  • Sales rank: 105,054

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Quasi Primary Artist
Charlie Campbell Electric Guitar
Sam Coomes Multi Instruments
Janet Weiss Multi Instruments
Technical Credits
Larry Crane Engineer, Executive Producer
Tony Lash Executive Producer, Mastering
Chris Slusarenko Executive Producer
Elliott Smith Executive Producer
Chris Takino Executive Producer
Julie Weiss Executive Producer
Charlie Campbell Executive Producer
Dave Livingston Executive Producer
Joanna Bolme Executive Producer
Kathy Malloy Executive Producer
Lawrence Crane Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT

    THIS ALBUM IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITES, I POPPED IT IN AT A COFFEE SHOP AND EVERYBODY LOVED IT. VERY GOOD MUSIC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    your new favorite cd

    This album is brilliant. It has a definite progression, and a distinct beginning, middle, and end, despite the pleasantly random bird call track in the middle. The lyrics are some of the best I've ever heard. The rhymes don't sound forced, and the words and music complement each other perfectly. Even after listening to the album once, you'll remember the songs for long thereafter. This album has staying power. And in response to whoever wrote the all-music guide, that's life, and after listening to the album a couple times, you'll start to hear the sunny side behind the cynicism.

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