Last March, the release of “Break it Yourself” strongly redefined Andrew Bird’s sound, featuring melodic pop hints and multifaceted song lyrics. Resurging from such a success his previous work . Bird’s characteristic violin strings are distinctively accompanied by fiddle. Covering hefty issues such as death and salvation, the lyrics in “Hands of Glory” provide a more heartfelt and stripped–down side to Bird’s work. The album is bookended by the most captivating tracks — “Three White Horses” and “Beyond the Valley of the Three White Horses.” While “Break it Yourself” remains unmatched, Andrew Bird’s “Hands of Glory” offers a completely different and ground–breaking sound.