First off, have you seen the documentary Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)? If not, you should get on that. This weekend the mailman delivered Songs From The Point, a collection of ‘indie’ artists each covering a track off the soundtrack to Nillson’s 1971 animated children’s story of the same name. The cast of characters includes: Andrew Bird, Devotchka, Marth Wainwright and Nada Surf among others.
Bird’s rendering of Nilsson’s “Think About Your Troubles” moves stylistically away from the original, instead, and in typical Bird fashion, employs plucky orchestration. Interesting results for sure, but in comparison to the original ultimately loses some of its charm. Songs From The Point is due out October 27th via Amano Recordings.