Sunday, December 28, 2008

Black's # 3 Album of 2008

#3. Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
Sub Pop - 06/03/2008

2008 was quite the year for Fleet Foxes. Riding the word of mouth hype that their MySpace page granted them, they were able to release their glorious debut album via Sub Pop and win the hearts of critics and fans across the world. With any rise to fame though you can be sure to gain and lose popularity at an alarming rate. Fellow blogger Red has already commented on how his initial praise for the band has transformed into resentment over the course of the year. You can check that out here if you have not already read his review. I don't always agree with Red on the discussion of music, but I can say that he is spot on in his appreciation of vocalist Robin Pecknold's gorgeous voice. Pecknold is the clear driving force of Fleet Foxes and his angelic voice soars gloriously throughout the entire course of the record. Having seen the band live twice this year, I caught Pecknold performing a few solo numbers without the band, and while it is quite clear that the man does not require a band to make beautiful music, we are lucky that he has surrounded himself with the perfect mix of gifted players and harmony that make Fleet Foxes a treasure not to be missed. You are an idiot if you don't give this album the time.

STANDOUT BANGERS: White Winter Hymnal, Blue Ridge Mountains, Heard Them Stirring

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