12 Songs, 49 Minutes


Mastered for iTunes


Mastered for iTunes

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4.8 out of 5
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Everything else released recently seems unlistenable in comparison.


like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes

If you let it, this album will transport you.

Some of the best memories I’ve ever had consist of me and my best friend lying on the floor of my old dorm room eating potato chips and listening to the Fleet Foxes debut album while dreaming of running through forests in long skirts. So needless to say, I had big expectations for Helplessness Blues. Big expectations, but never any doubts.

And they delivered in full force. Helplessness Blues is a huge wave of emotive sounds and words that the guys have woven into an LP that you can wrap around yourself like your favorite warm blanket on a cold night. “So now I am older,” Robin Pecknold sings to open the whole thing over echoing guitars, vocals and drums in Montezuma and it sets the scene perfectly. They are older and we are older. We grow, we regress, we move forward. These uncertainties are part of life and addressed throughout lyrically, but “what good is it to sing Helplessness Blues/why should I wait for anyone else?”

The guys bring a lot of variety in their songs from the lamenting, yet upbeat waltz of Lorelai, to the more exotic sounding Sim Sala Bim, to the reserved beauty of Blue Spotted Tail. Yet among all of this, they manage to contain their intrinsic sound. It’s very distinct. Fleet Foxes are one band that truly knows who they are and what type of music they want to make. Their confidence is apparent and shows their strength. That allows them to have an atonal saxophone jam session at the end of the epic The Shrine/An Argument and you actually grow to love it.

Helplessness Blues is a beautiful album and whether you’re listening to it in the middle of the city, surburbia or the middle of nowhere, at least for a little bit we can all retreat into the woods for awhile together.



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About Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes are led by vocalist/guitarist Robin Pecknold, who fashioned his band's earthy, harmony-rich sound in honor of perennial classic rockers Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Zombies, and the Beach Boys. Mixing baroque pop with elements of classic rock and British folk, the band took shape in 2006, as Pecknold was joined by guitarist Skyler Skjelset, bassist Bryn Lumsden, drummer Nicholas Peterson, and keyboardist Casey Wescott.

After playing only a handful of shows, the band generated a healthy amount of label interest and caught the attention of local producer Phil Ek, who had previously helmed records by Built to Spill and the Shins. Ek worked with the band on its Sun Giant EP, which was issued by Sub Pop Records in spring 2008. Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut full-length followed that summer, earning them critical respect in America as well as healthy sales in the U.K., where the band's debut went platinum. That same year, the group was joined by singer/songwriter J. Tillman (Josh Tillman) on drums, and he appeared on the band's sophomore studio outing, 2011's well-received Helplessness Blues, before leaving the den and reinventing himself as Father John Misty.

In 2014, Pecknold announced that he was pursuing a degree at Columbia University in New York City, and Fleet Foxes effectively went on hiatus. Two years later, they had returned to recording, and by early 2017 announced the June release of their third full-length, Crack-Up, a concept album titled after the F. Scott Fitzgerald collection of essays. ~ Kenyon Hopkin & Andrew Leahey

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