BioAndrew Bird is a man of constant surprise. The instant some hapless journalist on a deadline attempts to pigeonhole him in any kind of tidy, one-dimensional category, he changes direction and creates new music that defies the description. He's been tagged at various points in his career as a neo-traditionalist, a maverick experimenter, a Beatlesque pop/psychedelic revivalist, and a creator of ambient soundscapes, among other things. But none of those catchphrases do justice to the full span of his musical vocabulary. The simple truth is this: Andrew Bird creates sounds on his own terms, and, as far-ranging as his various incarnations may appear, they are remarkably consistent when it comes to clarity of purpose, craftsmanship, wit, and sheer audience appeal. Whether his subject matter is love, loneliness, or topics a little more slippery, a typical Bird song (if there is any such thing) demands your attention from the first moment you hear it and rewards you with sheer sonic bliss.