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Fleet Foxes

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0017R5UAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's now twenty years since grunge emerged from then culturally isolated Seattle and Fleet Foxes, the eponymous debut album from the city's latest heroes, demonstrates just how much American independent rock has mutated in that time. The five young members of Fleet Foxes make up a very different sort of rock band, describing their own music as "baroque harmonic pop jams". Even that understates the depths of the quintet's effortless vocal harmonies and gently woozy, folky feel. Of their contemporaries only the enigmatic Midlake and My Morning Jacket at their most fragile come close, but neither could have cooked up the Beach Boys spiritual of "White Winter Hymnal" or its more powerful companion piece "Ragged Wood". In fact Fleet Foxes happily admit to aspiring to an earlier tradition--not just obvious antecedents like the Byrds, the Association, Neil Young and, especially, David Crosby's famously unfocussed solo album If Only I Could Remember My Name but ancient English folk songs and their later American descendents. All were hunted and gathered from the internet--songwriters Robin Pecknold and Skye Skjelset are barely in their twenties. Add a host of unlikely instruments and the results are stunning, the complete antithesis of mainstream stadium indie that has followed Arcade Fire. Still, the cover features a Bruegel painting of peasants that might have graced any Black Sabbath sleeve. In that way at least Fleet Foxes salute a local tradition. -—Steve Jelbert

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Seattle's Fleet Foxes traffic in baroque harmonic pop. They draw influences from the traditions of folk, pop, choral, gospel, sacred harp singing, West Coast music, traditional music from Ireland to Japan, film scores, and their NW peers. The subject matter ranges from the natural world and familial bonds to bygone loves and stone cold graves.

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132 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold me dear, into the night June 4, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Fleet Foxes are a rock band that sounds like no other -- imagine a pastoral choir overwhelming a sweeping folk-rock band, in the middle of a sunlit forest in the spring.

That's about the sound of the Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut album -- it's a stream of lush, jangly folk pop, edged with a touch of baroque and country-rock. While their "Sun Giant" EP was an excellent introduction, it's nothing compared to the rough-edged grandeur of the full-length album, with its glorious instrumentation and vivid lyricism.

The only really offputting part of the album is the opening five seconds, when an off-key chorale sings, "Reeeeed squirrel in the morning/Reeeeeeeed squirrel in the evening..."

Then the song suddenly melts into a gentle acoustic guitar shimmering with keyboard. "The sun rises, over my head/Hold me dear, into the night/Sun it will rise soon in the morn..." Robin Pecknold sings with all the solemnity of a choirboy. His voice soars over the steelier riffs and thumping drums, only to settle down with, "The sun rising, dangling there/Golden and fair, in the sky..."

Wow. When an intro is that lovely, just imagine what the songs that follow are going to be like.

In this case, it's the shifting folky "White Winter Hymnal," with its kettle drums and beautiful campfire harmonies ("I was following... I was following... I was following the pack/all swallowed in their coats/with scarves of red tied 'round their throats"), followed by the endearingly energetic rocker "Ragged Wood" ("You should come back home/back on your own now!").

It gets no less endearing after that: Gentle bluesy ballads, jangly folk-pop with lots of squiggly mellotron, sweeping pop chorales, bouncy countryish rockers with lots of intertwined guitars.
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Beach Boys of Winter August 28, 2008
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I heard something on WXPN that stirred me from my coffee and newspaper, but all I caught aside from the almost shape note singing was the name Fleet Foxes. Then someone I've been sharing musical knowledge with put in quite a few good words regarding this and Sun Giants. I eventually got around to picking this up at the local independant music store. I played it through a couple times and threw it on the pile. Then I started hearing it in the distance. A soft baroque chiming in the back of my head. Not the Zombies not Procol Harum nor Left Banke. Oddly rootsy. Sad like the last days of Summer. I ended giving it my full attention and played it over and over with special attention to Hymnal.
It was then I realized that they were the Beach Boys of Winter.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold me dear, into the night September 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Fleet Foxes are a rock band that sounds like no other -- imagine a pastoral choir overwhelming a sweeping folk-rock band, in the middle of a sunlit forest in the spring.

That's about the sound of the Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut album -- it's a stream of lush, jangly folk pop, edged with a touch of baroque and country-rock. While their "Sun Giant" EP serves as an excellent prologue (and is included as a bonus disc in the "Special Edition"), it's nothing compared to the rough-edged grandeur of the full-length album, with its glorious instrumentation and vivid lyricism. It's a stunning little composition.

The only really offputting part of the album is the opening five seconds, when an off-key chorale sings, "Reeeeed squirrel in the morning/Reeeeeeeed squirrel in the evening..."

Then the song suddenly melts into a gentle acoustic guitar shimmering with keyboard. "The sun rises, over my head/Hold me dear, into the night/Sun it will rise soon in the morn..." Robin Pecknold sings with all the solemnity of a choirboy. His voice soars over the steelier riffs and thumping drums, only to settle down with, "The sun rising, dangling there/Golden and fair, in the sky..."

Wow. When an intro is that lovely, just imagine what the songs that follow are going to be like.

In this case, it's the shifting folky "White Winter Hymnal," with its kettle drums and beautiful campfire harmonies ("I was following... I was following... I was following the pack/all swallowed in their coats/with scarves of red tied 'round their throats"), followed by the endearingly energetic rocker "Ragged Wood" ("You should come back home/back on your own now!").
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A full five from a Fleet Foxes fan May 8, 2009
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I picked up this CD on a whim when seeing it in the "Customers Also Bought These Items" when looking at a Decemberists CD. At first, the CD did not speak to me, with the exception of White Winter Hymnal, and the songs generally sounded the same. After about 3 listens through however, I had achieved a greater appreciation for the melodies that had been sewn into this LP, and some of them stuck in my head for days (especially Ragged Wood). The vocals are outstanding, reminding me at times of the band America, but Fleet Foxes are also able to invoke elaborate mental images of train whistles and wind with their harmonization. Many of the songs are written in a progressive style, and at times you may think you are on a different track number than you actually are, but Fleet Foxes don't miss a beat in delivering an altogether solid album from start to finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A classic album that harkens back to the late 60s/early 70s spirit.
Published 3 days ago by Marc Simao
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Lovely
Like something plucked from an ancient monastery, music that feels like it was untouched by modern pop. And yet, many of the songs are memorable and accessible. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars I was falling in the.... I
Oh sweet baby Jesus, this record is probably one of my favorite records of all time. Every single song remind me of home.
Published 3 months ago by Said Velazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums for vinyl.
While the self-titled album Fleet Foxes garners a five star, I would say the greatest part of my purchase was the generously included EP Sun Giant. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the vinyl.
Fleet Foxes creates some of the most beautiful, interesting, and peaceful music I've heard in years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ajg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record!
This is one of my favorite records and on vinyl it sounds beautiful and calming. I bought this as a gift to my wife and she loves it as well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andytoy
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this band
I can listen to the album for the first song to the last. There are a handful of artist whose albums I can say this about. I'm looking forward to their next release.
Published 7 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album to play on the record player
I love this album, and it sounds even better on vinyl. The package is very nice! I couldnt have asked for more.
Published 7 months ago by Melody Ayala
5.0 out of 5 stars super
I don't remember if I ever was SO impressed by a new artist. I've been listening to this album for weeks now. Great band, great songs, great album!
Published 7 months ago by Guest from LA
1.0 out of 5 stars Never again ordering vinyl from amazon.
Terrible quality pressing. It sounded like it was pressed incorrectly, we bought a different pressing from music direct and the tone quality was remarkably better.
Published 7 months ago by Dreadsky
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Hi! Just wanted to let you know--I had the same question, checked around & most people seemed to offer the digi downloads, so I ordered it and it does. The record comes not only with mp3 downloads, but with a bonus record of the Sun Giant EP... great deal! Hope this helps!
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