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And that's what it seems they are all about, to a great extent: self-interpretation. The Friedberger's embark on little odysseys of their subconsciouses (and therefore ours). Where does this lyric come from?: "My mother in law was standing by the stove/ hissing like a snake, hissing like a snake,/ hissing like a snake./ She gave orders to spill my blood;/ she gave orders/ to spill my blood, I thought" ("Teach Me Sweetheart"). Well, I'm not sure EXACTLY what Eleanor could be getting at here.Read more ›
This album has a less organic feel than their previous work, suggesting that Matt and Eleanor Friedberger are seeing what they are capable of. But their music hasn't changed too much: bizarre dance melodies, oddball songs and psychedelic slashing all make this an intoxicatingly weird experience.
It starts off with one of their best songs: the "Little Thatched Hut," with its sinuous dance beat, joined in by piano and acoustic guitar. But it doesn't stay static -- I don't think the siblings could stay musically still that long. The song explodes suddenly into bursts of electronic swoosh, tribal beats, and what sounds like a keyboard being strangled.
This sound continues over several other, full of electronic fuzzling between energetic piano and mellow acoustic guitar. And they also harken back to the Furnaces' previous albums, with "Benton Harbor Blues" sounding like a charming B-Side from their second album, and "Teach Me Sweetheart" is a charmingly muddled (and kind of gruesome) love ballad. Lots of bloodthirsty relatives!
But the Fiery Furnaces try out some new sounds as well, as several songs are more electronic-based than their prior work. The title track is a real rock song, and it's pretty dense and psychedelic. Elaborate swooshes, explosions of synth and wacky little samples are all laid over a dancey melody that is as infectious as it is bizarre. Though it's less organic, it's recognizably a Furnaces song.
Even after five albums, the Fiery Furnaces still don't get the recognition they deserve.Read more ›
The roles of each of the siblings have grown more dynamic over the past four years, and while this record certainly coalesces better than the free-for-all that was their last album (winding, impenetrable stories and dialogue from Eleanor and her grandmother backed by haphazard baroque keyboards and a mishmash of studio tinkery from Matthew), the delicate tension between the two remains.Read more ›
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One of my favorite albums. My wife looks at me with death-eyes when I play it but I when I'm all alone, I play it over and over. It is poetically mad deserves praise. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Graydon M. Webster
this fiery furnaces album is catchy and eccentric. i really love it. item shipped quicker than expected which was great because it made it on time for my sister's birthday! Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by z
The kids really crack me up. Especially this album. I laughed all the way to the checkout cart.Published on July 24, 2009 by lebvendors
This special offer by the seller came to me in great condition, at a very low price, and arrived quickly.Published on May 18, 2009 by Nathan Szendrei
One of my favorite Fiery Furnaces CD's. If you like this group, you must have this CD. Innovative, inspired, transcending reality - this is one awesome brother-sister combo!Published on February 26, 2009 by CSCAGS
The Fiery Furnaces have always had a strange place for me, owing much to the fact that i was introduced to them by a beautiful girl who later tore my heart out and used it to store... Read morePublished on June 16, 2008 by Christopher J. Bennett
Fiery Furnaces continue to push the boundaries and explore (fall into?) bizarre moments of strained musicianship crafted by noisy whooshes and arrogant bleeps. Read morePublished on July 5, 2007 by Matthew T. Medlock
When i first sat down and really listened to this album, the first thought that came into my head was, ' I have a new standard by which to judge music.'Published on December 22, 2006 by Ghengis Cohen
Haven't given it a thorough listen, but the subject line about sums up my first (second) impression
If you love Portis/TMBG then you'll probably like this.