A brilliant debut album that broke through the folk scene. Drawing from multiple folk sub genres, it draws together Appalachian folk, classic rock and SoCal traditions while building a bold, original sound. A laid back album for unwinding and gentle reflection.
The harmonizing folksters' terrific debut album opened the floodgates to a deluge of late aughts indie folksy musicians, but nobody—including Fleet Foxes’ later albums—has released a modern folk album that tops this one.
A perfect album. The sound Fleet Foxes achieves on their titular debut is a cross between the more minstrel arrangements of Simon & Garfunkel (you'll swear in some compositions that someone picked up a lute and started playing), and the contemporary folk music of the Decemberists, with a little bit of soaring psychedelic of My Morning Jacket thrown in. No matter who they remind you of, if any of the aforementioned groups appeal to you, you'll want to own this album. The lyrics- sometimes visceral, sometimes sublimely opaque- share space with the upper echelons of all the great singer-songwriters. It is the music itself, however, that really makes this effort so captivating. There is an urgent, pulsating quality to the rhythms and Robin Pecknold's angelic voice, backed by lovely harmonies from the other band members make this album a true delight to have on repeat.
This album really grew on me, took me a month of owning it till I realized how awesome it really was. Check out the music video for White Winter Hymnal.
The Fleet Foxes are fans of Neil Young, Brian Wilson, and Bob Dylan. In fact, they played at a Neil Young show in Mountain View, California last month. It's an addictive *modern* take on circa 1968-1973 rock. It is also similar to Sufjan Stevens. Excellent CD.
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