Thursday, May 5, 2011
Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues
This is my little mini-review of the new Fleet Foxes album. You can find bigger and better reviews elsewhere if you need more info.
Overall, this feels like it should've been the first Fleet Foxes release, not the third due to the stripped down arrangements. The album as a whole is way more centered around Robin Peckhold's songwriting and acoustic guitar strumming and less about the other members of the band. Gone are the guitar experimentation and twangy riffs that littered S/T and Sun Giant. There's a weird free jazz saxophone solo somewhere, but that doesn't really count. I walked away feeling like Fleet Foxes wrote this album for my dad's generation, not mine, although the lyrics and engineering definitely improved for this album. Obviously this is a great folk album, the band just went in a direction that I personally don't think was the right one. Standout tracks include "Grown Ocean," "Helplessness Blues," and "Battery Kinzie."
"Helplessness Blues" is out now! Buy it and support good music!