Sunday 17 March 1996
Baby Bird: The Happiest Man Alive (Baby Bird, CD/LP). The fourth instalment in the five-albums-in-nine-months Baby Bird cycle is the most uneven so far. But given that the 400 songs in Mr Bird's sensational Sheffield song library were all down on tape before the first selection saw the light of day, conventional notions of chronological progression or decline do not really apply. What does matter is that barbed and beatific Bird- man Steven Jones is one of the few lyricists at work in Britain today with the power to make you stop and rewind a tape to check that you really heard what you thought you did. Newcomers to Bird-land should proceed directly to the hilarious "Married", the very scary "Beautiful Disease" or the truly twisted "Plane Crash Xmas", and make the acquaintance of a songwriter who blends the melodic sensibility of Lionel Richie with the acid wit of Dorothy Parker. And sometimes even vice-versa. Ben Thompson
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 3 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 4 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 5 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
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If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up