Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by amolbhatia50k, Mar 5, 2011.
Bedouin Dress is a tune
Stop tempting me!
You've downloaded the leaked album or you listened to live performances?
It's brilliant. Surprised? You shouldn't be. One of the best around today.
The new album, be a bit random to talk about the old one -_-
How is it in comparison to the first one?
Rate them both on 10!
It's the second single no?
Fleet Foxes – “Bedouin Dress” - Stereogum
The albums been leaked. I simply couldn't resist downloading it.
(Proceeds to give his initial reactions on the album fully aware that noone actually asked for it)
I think it's fantastic. It's probably not hit the heights of the first album for me, which to be fair is my musical bible, but it's lovely and stands very very strong in it's own right.
Montuzma, Blue Spotted Tail, Battery Kinzie, The Shrine/An Argument, Blue Spotted Tail and Helplessness Blues are just fabulous songs. But Bedouin Dress, Sim Sala Bim, The Plains/Bitter Dancer, The Cascades and Grown Ocean keep dragging me back to them as well.
Because I'm a raging obsessed maniac I'll proceed to talk about a few of those song.
Montezuma just kicks things off in just about as perfect way as is possible. The richness of sound this band produces is in full voice here. Every great song usually has a certain word or set of words that hits home with you that culminates the feeling of the whole song. The way 'Oh me' is sung in the chorus just caps everything off brilliantly.
The Shrine/An Argument is for me the stand out song of this album. I've posted it above and I think it's a beast of a song. The first half of the song is Fleet Foxes at their mystical best dragging you off to some far away land which is nothing like planet earth. And unlike a few people, I love the transition and the second half as well. Great transition from the mystical first half and the raw energy and emotion of the second. I'm always astounded by this one everytime I hear it. It ends with an odd horn sound that might break some glasses but Robin believes it's important for the emotion of the song and I'm all for some creative license even if it's not a crowd pleaser.
Blue Spotted Tail is one I've heard awhile back. Robin sang it somewhere and put out the link for people to hear. A quiet, sombre song that is all about the melody. Timeless tune. Nice little variation that's been added in the studio version with him humming half way through.
I initially thought this tune would be for the song named Lorelie and not Battery Kinzie, but the latter it is. Always liked this song from what I had heard in the live performances. Great stuff.
Everyones heard Helplessness Blues. Very nice song.
Having gone on that retarded break down of my so far favorite songs from the Album, I do still have to say that the first album is still better. There is a grandeur and almost untouchable-ness about it that this one just falls short of. Your protector, Mykonos, Blue Ridge Mountains etc are basically one classic after another. This one is a milder and easier listen and it's got a couple of brilliant songs, but probably not as many classics as the first album.
Umm this is like my initial reactions to the album, so I guess I'll probably get banned when I post my full take on it after a while
Bloody hell, I'm listening to The Shrine/An Argument, enjoying it, thinking it's probably the best one so far then those bloody horns came out of nowhere.
Hehe freaky isn't it?
I'm planning on using it as a prank on people.
Going to see them soon at the Apollo
Just look out for the most ruggedly handsome man you've ever seen. That'll be me.
What night are you going? IIRC there are 3.
Not sure, 3 nights at the apollo? I'm talking about the Manchester Apollo. I'll check when the tickets arrive like.
I envy you all.
(and I don't mean the rugged good looks)
Ah I was thinking of the Hammersmith Apollo.
If anyone's interested you can download 18 songs with Fleet Foxes or Robin Pecknold (their singer) covering other artists from here
You Ain't No Picasso
Also, note to everyone. Whoever goes for the FF concert, please post a small little review/feedback on your experience or their performance in this thread.
This new album is fantastic! 10/10 from me.
Yep, it's superb. I'd say it's level with the first in terms of quality.
I think it's slightly better personally.
It's absolutely brilliant. From start to finish, littered with absolute quality music.
Been getting rave reviews all round barring from NME, who have some sort of personal grudge against Robin.
Very hard to compare to the first. I find it impossible to do so. The first was more accessible in that it's songs made a greater instant impact IMO, but at the same time this one grows one you incredibly, has more shades to it and has a richer sound IMO. Impossible task.
Sim Sala Bim is immense.
Probably because NME has to hype Mumford and Sons and wishes they were as great as the Fleet Foxes.
Well that was never possible. My opinion on the former has changed a lot since I wrote the OP.
No, there was some dispute over an interview Fleet Foxes did with NME and they had some exchanges over twitter or something. As a result they wrote a shocking review of Helplessness Blues. Really pathetic stuff.
I'm finding it hard to pick a favorite song from it. It changes every little while. Overall The Shrine is probably the best for me. But right now I'm loving Grown Ocean.
Saw them at the Apollo last night. Absolutely brilliant. The new stuff sounded great, as did the old.
I'm seeing them tomorrow night, looking forward to it.
This new album is one of the best albums i've ever heard, I love it.
Although, the singer does have a bit of 'Kermit the Frog' to his voice which I can't help but chuckle at the thought of.
Amazing isn't it?
I think I've heard it every single day for the past few months. The worst part about them is that it makes my own music seem utterly worthless.
So saw them at Hammersmith Apollo tonight. They don't have much stage presence, and I think in a bigger arena they'd be a bit lost, but sound-wise they were superb.
Just received my copy of Helplessness Blues. Pure genius.
And thanks a ton Sammymc!
Been an odd start to 2012 for Fleet Foxes. J. Tillman left the band to focus more on his solo career. Two other band members joined another band on the side who release their EP soon. And Robin broke up with his long time girlfriend, tweeted heart broken tweets and put up a demo track in the wake of said break up only to pull it off the internet the next day and make his twitter account private.
Now I wish I had saved the song somehow.
I appreciate Fleet Foxes.
I don't know the band names. Who left now?
My favourite song probably, alongside The Shrine/An Argument.
J. Tillman left the band. He's released numerous albums in the past so presumably wanted yo concentrate on his upcoming one.
Christian Wargo and Casey Walcott are now also part of a band called Poor Moon whose ep releases soon for which theyll your during the year.
In the end, Robin Pecknold (singer, guitar) Fleet Foxes is the soul of the band. It's his vision that drives the music. He and Skye, his best friend from school/college started it. An all the music is written and composed by him. But being a massively addicted fan of theirs, I can't help but feel wary of change.
Oh it probably will change. Perhaps for the better. Though it's rarely like that. Cliff Burton wrote a bit for Metallica. After he died they're creativity has only gone down. Perhaps that's also coincided with them stop to drink so much.
Losing two members of the background voices will change the harmony of the singing. I really enjoy them so I hope it won't. Weird though how many left in such a short period of time. Something can't have been all jolly.
To be fair, those two haven't actually left so I'm still hoping they stick around. But as I said, Robin does write/compose all of their music and he's always done so.
If there is a change then I see a shift towards a more directly expressive style from Pecknold. One of the new songs he's been playing was an extremely direct song called 'I let you'. And the latest demo (which was pulled off after a day), even though it was probably a breakup knee-jerk thing, was also a very straight and direct take on the end of the relationship. So that's one shift in style I can see. Robin even responded to a tweet questioning the song by saying 'A 100% me this one'. So I do see his songwriting opening up a little in terms of it's expressiveness although I do admit to loving the slightly 'reserved' feel to their songs.
But in the end, that's just speculation/paranoa from a fan. I actually felt a difference between the first two albums in many ways and was at first uneasy with it but came to appreciate every little tweak.
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