Friday, April 08, 2011

Fleet Foxes :: Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes :: Helplessness Blues
Sub Pop
April 8th 2011

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Following up an out of nowhere success like Fleet Foxes first self-titled debut would be a daunting task for anyone. What the group came up with is an album that doesn't alter the sound from their first too much. It has it's bright moments, but it's also got weak moments. The dual songs "The Shrine / An Argument" and "The Plains / Bitter Dancer" represent the album's most innovative parts, with swooping episodic progressions that suit the nomadic spirit of the band well. The variety of popping tunes like "Grown Ocean," which surprisingly ends the album, is a good touch as well. However certain songs, like "Sim Sala Bim" and the title track "Helplessness Blues" just kind of fall flat and can be easily skipped over if not for the lyrics alone. Spots that just seem to lack to tact of their previous release. Yet, it's still an album that'll sound just as nice on a turntable as it will flying off a Starbucks counter.

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