sexta-feira, 29 de abril de 2011

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues part III

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
In the three short years since their self-titled debut, Fleet Foxes have become the unlikely granddaddies of the recent nu-folk revival, spiritually if not strictly temporally. The slow seep of vocal harmony, organic finger-picking and earthy subject matter have brought the old school to the new school, so their follow-up effort was always going to be picked over and assessed with even more gusto than its predecessor. Fortunately, in a triumph for not-broke-don’t-fix, Helplessness Blues plays like the Side B we’ve been waiting for.
Opener 'Montezuma' feels like a trumpet fanfare opening Act Two, starting with the perfect introductory line “So now that I’m older/than my mother and father/when they had their daughter/now what does that say about me?” – the“so” suggests a conversation recommencing after interruption which is exactly how it feels. The trademark Beach Boys harmonies are still pin-sharp, and frontman Robin Pecknold returns as Mr Safe Hands (the David Seaman of Seattle, if you will), so all roads point to a happy comeback.
Second track 'Bedouin Dress' sees the first a capella breakdown of the record – don’t worry, the first of many – before moving into Beirut territory and beyond. 'Sim Sala Bim' and 'Grown Ocean' share a runaway train quality, with more pace than you might associate with the band you thought you knew, but it’s eight-minute opus The Shrine/An Argument which hints at a future direction with some simple looping adding texture. Above all, Helplessness Blues adds immediacy to the familiar; it’s not just an assured return, but the first shoe-in come end-of-year list

1 comentário:

Portugal disse...

Fleet Foxes are not the type of band that will initially blow you away. Rather, their music has to be chipped away layer by layer before you feel like you have a grasp on it, which is a great thing for an album's longevity. From that standpoint, their music takes effort to enjoy. It has depth and cannot be taken at face value. While "Helplessness Blues" doesn't initially stand out as a classic album I think it has the potential to grow into an album that will stand the test of time and ultimately end up on a lot of "Best of 2011" lists.