Baby Bird is the project of a Stephen Jones from Sheffield (England)
who recorded five limited-edition albums of lo-fi pop in a
vein similar to
Guided By Voices and
I Was Born A Man (Baby Bird),
with his manifesto Baby Bird,
Bad Shave (Baby Bird, 1995),
Fatherhood (Baby Bird, 1995), possibly the best,
The Happiest Man Alive (Baby Bird, 1996) and
Dying (Baby Bird, 1997).
In 1995 Baby Bird turned from a solo project into a real band.
His solo albums were mostly amateurish and quite boring, but
Ugly Beautiful (Echo, 1997), that collects the best of them,
is a small gem of unassuming pop. The singles, Goodnight and
You're Gorgeous, even made him famous.
There's Something Going On (Echo, 1998) tried to capitalize on
that success, but Jones doesn't have enough talent to produce so many songs
in just one year. Bad Old Man and Take Me Back are ditties that
are entertaining only for the first two listens.
Bugged (Echo, 2000) is another yawn, an embarassing, immature work that
relies on a few catchy refrains
(The F-Word, The X-mas God Of New York) to hide the fact that
most tracks are lame country-rock ballads.
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