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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0050I2OB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Eleanor Friedberger is previously known for her work in Chicago power-pop harmonie-musik The Fiery Furnaces, a band she created with her brother Matthew. Together they won a number of awards, sold out happenings the world over and made nine albums. That experience, combined with the fact that The Fiery Furnaces aren't breaking up, inspired her to make her first solo record, Last Summer.

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This is a really good record.
Connie
It's more pop-friendly yet it doesn't sacrifice the eclectic, spastic sound what makes her (and her brothers') music great.
Mark Abrahamsen
The vocal melodies are extremely, extremely catchy and well written.
Frank

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on September 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
If there were a simple way to describe brother-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces, it would be something between quirky and dense. 2005's EP was a collection of singles that they followed with a concept album of their grandmother narrating stories in her life the very same year. I'm Going Away, their relatively uncomplicated last record, was quickly followed by an entire album of each sibling re-recording six songs from I'm Going Away, for an entirely superfluous "Friedbergers covering Friedbergers" experience. The more visible half of the Furnaces' first solo album even comes with a somewhat gimmicky back story: Eleanor recorded all ten tracks in the summer of 2010, then put the tapes in storage for release this July. Unnecessary? Without a doubt, but Last Summer tends to lean more towards the "quirky" end of the spectrum; a frothy blend of Furnaces-esque pop and straightforward `70s singer-songwriter sunshine, the perfect yet disposable album for your next beach trip. Preferably with your Ray Bans and V-neck t-shirts comfortably prepped.

If one were to describe Last Summer as "a Fiery Furnaces album without Matt," it wouldn't be too far off the mark. Most of that, however, is purely Eleanor's fault - the highlight of the Furnaces' live show with her tongue-twisting lyrics and distinctive accent, her personality dominates Last Summer, as it should. Friedberger has an uncanny way with words, playing around with erratic turns of meter and rhyme to fit in her verbose tales of Brooklyn explorations and Los Angeles meeting spots. It makes me wonder what a Fiery Furnaces rap album would sound like, given Eleanor's ability to squeeze every last syllable out of a verse. Last Summer is a travel album, and thanks to Friedberger's talents it's an evocative one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Skala on August 6, 2013
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I came to LAST SUMMER after having bought PERSONAL RECORD. I became so entranced with Eleanor Friedberger's post-Fiery Furnace musical liberation that I just had to buy her first solo album. This musical liberation takes the paradoxical form of abandoning melodic hyperactivity as practiced by the Fiery Furnaces (chaotic, to my ears ...)in favour of a more restrained, traditional approach to song-craft. What I like about LAST SUMMER is all in evidence on the very first track, My Mistake. This starts with a simple but propulsive guitar and then kicks-in shortly with bass and drums. It's both highly emotive and rhythmic and leads one inexorably towards a feeling of elation. It's an old, old arranging trick; but she carries it off with ease and even allows the device to sound fresh because her voice is so uniquely engaging. And oh how I love her voice! In common with some of the greatest, most vital vocalists, Eleanor is technically not a crowd-pleasing singer. She's no Mariah Carey (thank god). Her range is limited. But her phrasing and subtle shadings are more than a compensation for lack of technical skill. She's from the Lou Reed School of Singing via Chrissie Hynde. Other stand-out track? For me it would have to be the off-kilter funk of Roosevelt Island. But picking out favourite tracks isn't the point. The album as a whole offers aural pleasures all along the ride. Buy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Abrahamsen on August 1, 2011
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I've been a fan of the fiery furnaces for a while, I have Matthew Friedberger solo record (which I absolutely love). And Eleanor's solo release is very impressive as expected. It's more pop-friendly yet it doesn't sacrifice the eclectic, spastic sound what makes her (and her brothers') music great. I think this deserves to get mention on best of 2011 lists this year.
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By Frank on December 17, 2013
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Earlier this year, maybe around February or March, I decided once and for all to like indie-rock.

And to supplement this decision, I surfed the Internet every Monday morning and bought two or three different singles on I-Tunes to help me explore the Indie scene from the last several years.

I don't really know how I found this album, but I ended up buying the single, "Inn of the Seventh Ray," and eventually really, really started to like it. I remember tons of different mornings during my Spring semester this year waking up and making smoothies while listening to that song.

Anyway, two or three weeks ago I decided to buy the whole album, and man, it's really wonderful. The vocal melodies are extremely, extremely catchy and well written. Her singing style is really cool, too. A lot of the songs are almost chant-esque, like she focuses on just a few different lines and kind of layers them and repeats them and stuff like that, but not really in the sense of a hook. More like a quasi-chant type deal. There are some hooks, but it's kind of unique how she does it.

I'm especially happy to find out she's from Illinois. Definitely an album worth getting!
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By Ira J. Sitomer on December 18, 2014
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Nothing matches the fantastic My Mistakes, but it's mostly good stuff. Love her individual name and sound.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hubner on February 25, 2012
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Listening to Eleanor Friedberger's album Last Summer, you get the feeling that she's had this great pop record in her and waiting to come out for a long time. I admit, I've never been a fan of her and her brother Matthew's band Fiery Furnaces. There are moments of accessibility on albums like Gallowsbird's Park and Blueberry Boat, but the Fiery Furnaces are more about seeing how much the listener can take. Blueberry Boat borders on Brian Wilson's Smile, but with less pop finesse and more trainwreck abandon. On Last Summer, her first solo outing, Eleanor Friedberger doesn't completely abandon the eccentricities, but there's a definite feeling that she wants to broaden her musical horizons with a more mainstream pop record.

`My Mistakes' opens the record with a bang. Retro synths and a beat that makes you want to move, it grabs you right off the bat. If this song had been released in 1983 it would have been a hit along side songs by the Eurythmics, Cyndi Lauper and The Pretenders. This is a great song. `Inn of the Seventh Ray' slows down a bit and has a dreamy vibe to it, not unlike the Motels `Only the Lonely'. With an ominous keyboard throughout and Eleanor's beckoning vocals, this track definitely has the ghost of the Fiery Furnaces lurking underneath. `Heaven' brings us back to the pop sensibility hinted at in `My Mistakes'. With horns and a keyboard that sounds a bit like a chamberlin, the track flows effortlessly like something Jon Brion might've had his hands and ears on. `Roosevelt Island' gets funky as she tells the story with a groove in her voice not unlike Phil Lynott talking about the boys getting back into town.`Early Earthquake' has a Caribbean vibe. With light percussion and handclaps, it's warmth is a perfect way to end this great album of warm, nostalgic moments.
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