Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues ALBUM REVIEW

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On Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes improve just about everything that they were doing on their last album. Keep in mind the key word here is “improve,” not change. Yes, the band is still walking down the same path they were on their previous LP, but they’re much further down the road, and they’ve got a different story to tell.

The songs on this album are extremely romantic, and not just in the sense that two lovers are romantic with one another. This album is unbelievably in love with everything around it. It finds great beauty in the world at large, and it’s led to captivating melodies and poetic lyrics that tip a hat to songwriting greats like Paul Simon.

The instrumentation could come off kind of busy and overbearing for a first-time listener, but the water’s feels fine after the initial shock. This thing is beautifully produced from my point of view. More detail gets pulled out of of this thing with each listen–lyrically and sonically.

This is one that I’ll be visiting again and again throughout the year.

What do you think of this LP? Love it? Hate it? Why?

9/10 http://www.theneedledrop.com/loved-list/2011

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FAV TRACKS: MONTEZUMA, BATTERY KINZIE, THE PLAINS / BITTER DANCER, HELPLESSNESS BLUES, LORELAI, THE SHRINE / THE ARGUMENT, BLUE SPOTTED TAIL, GROWN OCEAN

Comments

Uncle Brad says:

anthony’s writing has gotten much better over the years, not that this review is bad, just saiyan.

Rob H says:

Only Fleet Foxes can overcome the power of the red flannel.

Mrbigweeknee says:

This is one of the few albums I would suggest checking out regardless of musical taste.

Whitestormm says:

i ADORE this album. 10/10

Matt Furies Intellectual Property says:

3rd video at 1 million views fantano, congrats

Gabe Beneteau says:

I’ve watched this review so many times since 2012. It’s so nice to hear someone with similar feelings to a piece of music.
Regardless of the genre… this is one of the best albums of the past 25 years and to date, one of the only albums that has made me cry and reflect on my entire life.
High fives all around.

Tim Faxon says:

you know man. you just know

MariaRitaCarrega says:

hello spartany frantanico! this is fredugal speaking from portugaleck. im writing this on my girls laptop, just to say to you that IT’S NOT A FREE JAZZ SAXOPHONE SOLO. IT’S A BASS CLARINET ONE. not gonna accept any more of these monumental mistakes. see you.

GmoneyStylez says:

2016 Recommendation Squad represent!!

Jonathan Gear says:

I miss the old fantano

Jack Walker says:

I had totally forgotten about famtano’s old video intros!!

Major Holsety says:

This album just makes me mafiooooo tgnermx/.r,er,er,er,er,er,er,et.w4

marcni says:

Look, an album NOT by Death Grips NOR Kendrick Lamar that got a 9 from Anthony!

Evan Drane says:

I miss these old intros :/

Дмитрий Спирин says:

>I think this song is about this and that song is about that
Govnarique plz

BevelBoyJack says:

This album makes me want to walk out in public naked, and calmly ask strangers who are shocked why my nudity disturbs them when this is the pure form of which God has created us.

J Swanza says:

My favorite album of ever!

Justin Alves says:

Amazing project

John Paul Quevedo says:

A 9/10 while wearing the red flannel?
Man the Mandela Effect is taking a toll on me

Enzo-Lyes Kaci says:

THE RED FLANNEL FOR A FLEET FOXES ALBUM
THIS NIGGA WANTS TO KILL ME

Kevin Collins says:

Wow 1 million on fleet foxes. Who would’ve thought, that’s pretty awesome!

20thCenturyPox says:

It’s not as boring as the first one? Wow.

Nate Lewis says:

glad to see that fantanaroni and I have the same taste

Ian Stilts says:

but why not crack up?

MAN says:

Holy crap this got 1M views. DAMN.

Review also has 1M views.

Jon Shafto says:

I fucking love Sim Sala Bim. One of my favorite songs and one of my favorite albums by far.

Corey Galvin says:

Anthony’s personality seems so weird in this video. I just find this review stale.

Aith Jawcraig says:

Im surprised you haven’t reviewed their new album yet

Thomas Francis says:

“Their sound hasn’t changed” lol crack-up

mayankho says:

This is a great album for sure.

Forgotten Sandals says:

I never heard of Fleet Foxes before… The first line of this album just played and I am already in LOVE….

Spencer Bracey says:

The drummer really looks like John Misty

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