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Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird has no time for games

Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird has no time for games

As an accomplished producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Andrew Bird has always micromanaged the album-making process. But for his 10th full-length effort, the Illinois native deliberately took a less hands-on approach.

“I just wanted to give one more serious try that I maybe never had given an album,” Bird said on the phone recently from Los Angeles, where he lives now. “I've always done things on a shoestring, and wearing all the hats. What happens when Andrew Bird makes an extensive record?”

The answer is April's “Are You Serious,” arguably his most personal and direct record to date. (It was produced by Tony Berg.) For...

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