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Blueberry Boat

The Fiery FurnacesAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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I’m Going Away is the Fiery Furnaces’ Eighth album. It was recorded by and mixed with Jason Loewenstein at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 in New York City. Jason also played bass and Robert D’Amico played drums. All songs were written together by Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger, except for the title track, which is “trad. Arranged by.” Eleanor wrote ... Read more in Amazon's The Fiery Furnaces Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • ASIN: B000XJ5U2Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For you Zappa folks... December 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've had the pleasure of listening to The Fiery Furnace's sophomore album, Blueberry Boat several times in the past two weeks. It's nearly killed off music altogether for me. I'm not sure how Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart fans did it in the seventies. Idea's so fervent that they're coming out of every quoin of every movement in every epic-and that's just one of the thirteen songs on the Furnaces huge, end-of-it-all follow up to last years Gallowsbird's Bark debut.

By "end-of-it-all" I basically mean that it's all over. There wont be a crazier, more rewarding listening experience this year. If there is, I'm dead-I just don't think I have the energy, in fact, I'm still not sure that my ears (or patience) will make it through Blueberry. Sole members (as well as brother and sister) Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger have moved away from their impatient folk approach to a more lush, impulsive, anything goes style that recalls the headaches last heard while trying to make yourself love Trout Mask Replica.

The blistering guitar work is still there, as are the Midwestern coffee shop vocals and sweet melodies; wait till you hear what they added. In the sixties, if you made a jump like this, you were automatically rumored to be headed towards drug rehab. The Furnaces plethora of idea's are the real thing; while they are challenging and at times confusing, they always pay off in time, every one of them.

The meat of Blueberry is built on five, eight-plus minute tracks that utilize several movements whom often bask in their own genre-jumping glory. Matthew's guitar goes from cerebral backing exercise to all out, front and center, extended solos.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Five plus stars for vision and 3.5 stars for execution=4.25 stars

Who knew there was a band in the underground that could generate this much fervent opinion both pro and con? Seems either you hate _Blueberry Boat_ or love it. Myself, I lean very heavily towards the latter. Yes, this album could effectively be cut down by thirty minutes or so. Sure, Mr. Friedberger is probably a little too enamored of making noises on the sundry instruments he plays. And okay, the Furnaces' albums sound claustrophobic, almost "incestuous," cloistered, the sound of two twenty-something siblings with way too much time on their hands.

And all of these shortcomings add to the equation of why you should love what is shaping up to be the most ambitious indie unit of the decade.

I've wanted to review this album ever since I got it some months ago (the night I saw them live; now the live experience, THAT is something different altogether, electric, loud, brash--PLEASE put out a live album ASAP, Friedbergers). I wanted to wait 'til I "got it." Now I know that will never happen. I wanted to put together the snippets of narratives here, the shifting foci of my annoyance and ecstasy every time I listen to this album, etc. . . . Then I realized, like most of my favorite works of art, I will never put my head all the way around this one. Think _Ulysses_ or _Finnegans Wake_ by James Joyce. Could he have cut these works down by several hundreds of pages? Most certainly. Would they be the same works if it would have been easier to identify their narrative arcs, if he would have compacted them, if he wouldn't've resorted to masturbatory techniques. No, sir/ma'am; in the end, these excessive urges (ESPECIALLY the masturbation) is a large part of what Joyce's works are all about.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schizoid? Yeah, now that you mention it... June 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's funny... I listen to a lot of John Zorn, early Frank Zappa, Mike Patton, and (original) Smile-era Brian Wilson stuff, so I don't even think twice about fragmentary music that changes every 10–45 seconds. When I heard this, it didn't even consciously occur to me how often the music changed, and I just sat back and enjoyed the pretty melodies and the general sense of fun. It wasn't until I started reading all the reviews that say things like "These guys must have ADD! This is nuts!" that I realized, yeah, I guess it does change direction pretty often compared to most music. Well, whatever. I guess it really depends on your temperment. Are you looking for music exclusively to soothe you or to dance to? Are you annoyed by music that strays too far from the reservation? Well then, this is probably not for you. If you want music to challenge and distract you, then pick this up by all means.

One more thing. There's nothing wrong with not liking this album. But calling it a "con game", and accusing people who do like it of being mindless sheep, suckered by trendy indie magazines, is the worst kind of snobbery. Do try to consider that people might honestly have different taste in music, and that just because they like something you don't doesn't necessarily mean they're stupid poseurs.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mess at medium speed August 22, 2004
By Jaak
Format:Audio CD
Ok, imagine a car. You're driving. At the back seat, there are your father, granny and two brothers. One of the bros is a fan of computer sounds, he can't get enough of experimenting, the other boy likes classical rock and elecrtic guitars, your father plays a piano and granny is constantly telling fairy-tales and children stories. And they fight, they all have their ideas, their stories to tell, one tries to overtrump the other. And everyone tries to press oneself into the front seat.

And who sits on the front seat, next to you? It's your sister, singing. She's a nice person, with a unique tweak and you like her, but you've known her a long life and it's getting a bit boring. Plus, the windows are open and sometimes you pass some additional musicians. But in general, all the people in the car are getting along quite well.

And what are you thinking? You're thinking, you like it. Of course you like it, you have to, they're your family. And sometimes they really have nice moments. But still there's something wrong. You find it interesting, but it doesn't rock. You find it cute, but it doesn't excite you. You would just like to go a bit faster, but there are speed limits. And you cannot decide, if you should throw someone out of the car, or maybe you should just write some better tunes for you family to perform.

And you know, that if you let the family outside, thy would be crazier and better (live on stage). And you remember, that there were better times, times, when you found that your family rocks (previous album GALLOWBIRD'S BARK).

You don't know, what to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fiery Furnaces' best album!
Blueberry Boat is probably the most ambitious album by experimental/indie band The Fiery Furnaces. Uses a wide variety of styles: some great rambling/narrative tracks,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by James Trainor
5.0 out of 5 stars So so good but not for everyone.
I can sort of understand the negative reviews, this album is kind of abrasive but I love it. I listen to Blueberry Boat, Mason City, and Blancheflower constantly. Read more
Published on December 24, 2009 by J. Keaney
5.0 out of 5 stars it's making me write a title for my review
i like this album. a lot. did you see how many stars i gave it? i meant it. i understand not really liking it too (i guess). Read more
Published on April 7, 2008 by Francois
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking "Boat"
Every now and again, there comes an indie-rock band that really blows the mind. Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead and the Flaming Lips are among those bands -- and now the Fiery... Read more
Published on January 29, 2008 by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all melifluous, not at all
If you like experimental albums, maybe you'll enjoy this. If you're anyone else, I really doubt you will.

I loved Gallowsbird Bark and pretty much hate this album. Read more
Published on October 1, 2007 by M. Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars ok.
i dont write reviews...but i had to for the furnaces. i just don't understand some of the negative reviews for this cd. honestly... Read more
Published on July 10, 2006 by Joe Kickass
5.0 out of 5 stars An Esoteric Masterpiece
FF _Blueberry Boat_ is a 70minute excursion that is at times difficult and obnoxious, but is always rombunctous and playful. Read more
Published on February 8, 2006 by Christopher Broski
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Junk
I saw the FIERY FURNACES open up for WILCO last year at Radio City Music Hall, NY last year. A high school talent show would have been more entertaining. Read more
Published on January 13, 2006 by B. Farmer
3.0 out of 5 stars the elusive mystery
to call this band "prolific" would be the understatment of the year. to call them "quirky" would be the understatement of the century. Read more
Published on October 9, 2005 by J. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars For the aflicted
Listening to Blueberry Boat is the equivalent musical experience as watching your ADD-afflicted brother switch station after station on the television, dialing in another program... Read more
Published on October 7, 2005 by Arnie Grape
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You speak the truth, and really lots of people enjoy this cd. Really people should be smart enough to give the cd a listen to with the many samples available on amazon and itunes before they claim they just wasted a bunch of money cause really they only have themselves to blame. And if they are... Read More
Dec 19, 2007 by Patrick Staker |  See all 2 posts
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