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Old 05-03-2011, 05:24 AM   #511
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To me, every single moment of recorded sound on that album is perfect.


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I would eat that album for sustenance, if such a thing was possible.
Paul McGuinness may make this happen for the next U2 album. If it outsells Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby combined, we'll know who bought up all the records.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:39 AM   #512
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Though this is a Fleet Foxes thread, the horns in The National Anthem and their foreboding nature are what make the song good, to me.
The horns in The National Anthem are awesome The ending of The Shrine/An Argument on the other hand sounds like a pregnant cow in pain.

The new album is not as immediately captivating as their debut and on the first listen nothing really stuck in my mind apart from the overall prettiness and that godawful ending. Hopefully further listens will fix that.
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motherfucker. They are so good live! Once I figure out how to split video, I'll have some shitty video clips to post. The audio isn't half bad in them, though! I would have had more, but they had people walking up and down the aisle asking us to turn off recording devices. If I'd know the audio would be this good and my hand so poor at recording, I simply would have left it on pointing at the ceiling the whole time. Instead I've got a few of the songs. If anyone can help me figure out how to split MP4s so I can split the tracks, let me know!

Sadly, they weren't selling the new album at the show. I bought the EP on disc (previously bought it through iTunes), the vinyl (came with Sun Giant on vinyl) and a poster. Modestly priced--$30 total for the trio. Mrs. Tourist bought a t-shirt. They're a bit on the expensive side, relatively speaking, at $25. At least that's expensive compared to picking up a band shirt at a retailer.

Be warned, ye, for thar be setlists in the spoiler!

 

01. The Cascades
02. Grown Ocean
03. Drops In The River
04. Battery Kinzie
05. Bedouin Dress
06. Sim Sala Bim
07. Mykonos
08. Your Protector
09. Tiger Mountain Peasant Song*
10. White Winter Hymnal
11. Ragged Wood
12. Lorelai
13. Montezuma
14. He Doesn't Know Why
15. The Shrine/An Argument
16. Blue Spotted Tail
17. Blue Ridge Mountains
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18. Silver Dagger (Joan Baez cover)
19. Helplessness Blues

*full band version--quite different.

I was a bit disappointed in the lack of Sun Giant/Sun It Rises and Quiet Houses; I was fully expecting Sun Giant/Sun It Rises to open the encore. Their vocals were very, very on. Morgan Henderson was pretty hilarious to watch at parts, just the way he rocks back on his heels when he taps his feet and also how on the one song he didn't play anything on, he just sat off on the side of the stage in a chair with his legs crossed and watched the band play. Robin was wearing a ridiculous giant red button up shirt that was about 3 sizes too big, but he said his pants were so tight that the shirt made up for it in roominess. He broke a string on the first song. On The Shrine, he used two capos (something like 3rd and 6th frets); one for the first part with the fingerpicking, and he threw it aside for the "in the morning" part. Sky's birthday was today. During Helplessness Blues I'm pretty sure that the microphone on his amp was muted. Sky, Casey, and Christian all played mandolins at various points. Morgan played guitars, percussion, upright bass, flute, and saxophone. J. Tillman is a badass. And I want Casey's mellotron.


Can't wait to see them again!


Looking forward to seeing them again. It'll be nice to see them when they have more than an hour's worth of material to perform.

My copy of the album is still "in transit", so I probably won't get to listen until tonight. Not sure why I ordered it from Amazon, should have just picked it up during lunch today instead.
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The best saxophone song, we can all agree, is Careless Whisper.
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The reason that the sax works on National Anthem is that it coheres so well with the frenetic energy of the rest of the song, whereas in the Fleet Foxes song it appears abruptly, seemingly with the sole purpose of adding an unexpected dimension.

I'll have to go back and listen to the Jungleland solo. I admit that I was a bit surprised to see that song on the list.
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Jungleland is one of the best songs ever, that solo should never be ripped.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:36 PM   #517
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The album arrived in the mail today and after another listen it's definitly my top album of the year so far. I like it a lot more than the debut (haven't heard the EP yet). Helplessness Blues and about every song after are highlights atm.
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The best saxophone song, we can all agree, is Careless Whisper.
I fully agree with this statement.

Baker Street comes in a not so distant second
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For me, the best three songs on Helplessness Blues are Sim Sala Bim, Grown Ocean, and the title track. Those three are even with the highs from the debut and Sun Giant.
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There's some very bizarre stuff on European TV. I was in France recently and stumbled upon a show entitled "When Music Was Good." It was a continuous run of thirty-second clips of some very well-known artists. The strange thing was that they were all clearly lip-syncing and were surrounded by highly-sexualized dancers. All of the clips also seemed to have come from the same venue. Anyway, back to Fleet Foxes.
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I'm listening to the end of The Shrine / An Argument for the first time right now.

You were all very right.
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Not even THE WAX! can cover that up.

Not that I give a shit. A couple of weak minutes is no big deal after hanging with the Chuck Norris of indie folk albums for 45 minutes.
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