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Exclusive European pressing of their debut album tacks on five bonus tracks, one is the B-side from the mega-limited UK 7-inch 'White Winter Hymnal', 'Isles', while the other four are taken from their debut 'Sun Giant' EP, 'Sun Giant', 'Drops in the River', 'English House', and 'Myknonos'. Please note that the last track on the standalone EP 'Innocent Sun' is not included on this special edition. 2008 album from this Seattle based quintet. Fleet Foxes are, for lack of an imminently more marketable descriptor, a group trafficking in baroque harmonic pop. And the joy they derive in doing so is palpable. We feel it too. They are, self-described, not much of a rock band. With the help of credit cards, minimum wages, tip money, friends and family, Fleet Foxes crafted their first demo, and subsequently the Sun Giant EP and this debut full-length album, with family friend Phil Ek manning the rudder. Drawing influence from the traditions of folk music, pop, choral music and gospel, sacred harp singing, West Coast music, traditional music from Ireland to Japan, film scores, and their NW peers, Fleet Foxes ranges in subject matter from the natural world and familial bonds to bygone loves and stone cold graves.
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This purchase was eligible for AutoRip, so I am able to enjoy the album (sans EP) on my mobile devices without having to needle-drop or rip a CD.
Now I have this great album (which, admittedly is still growing on me) and the EP, which both sound fantastic on vinyl. Would highly recommend in this format.
If you like Band of Horses or even The Shins I'd say you'd definitely love this album. For $12 you can't beat it, especially with so many of these low quality re-issues you'll find on here for well over $20
Like most of the CD's in my library, I stumbled across this album in the library. Amazon had been trying to sell it to me for a while, but I ignored that since they've recommended some really weird stuff too. But I checked it out when I saw it on the library and instantly fell in love with it. It's slow-moving, with rustic sounding lyrics and vocals to match, in amazing harmonies. Some tracks DO get old kinda fast (I was thinking specifically of "Quiet Houses"), but every song has a reason for being there. And the songwriter is SO YOUNG! Ribin Pecknold was 22 when this album was published, meaning he's been writing since he's a teenager.
Look up "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song", "Heard Them Stirring" (instrumental), "Meadowlarks", or "Ragged Wood" (they were originally going to call the album after this track). Those are my favorites, but there's not a disappointing track on here. I'll be anxiously awaiting their next album.
All I can say is there's a reason this was one of the highest rated and most critically acclaimed albums of 2008. At least give it a chance, since it's kinda strange on first listen, but it grows on you.
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Also get Fleet Foxes' Sun Giant EP for the sake of Mykonos, probably their most accessible single.