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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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Formed: 2006 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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