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Old 05-03-11, 01:58 AM   #1
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FLEET FOXES "Helplessness Blues" 2011




I almost forgot about one of my favorite new bands from 2009. Fleet Foxes are back with a new record Helplessness Blues, which comes out today.

I'll be picking mine up for $7.99 at BB.


Anyone heard this yet? Thoughts....
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Old 05-03-11, 06:45 AM   #2
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I'll be picking up mine at BB as well. For those interested the download version is $3.99 @ Amazon.
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Old 05-03-11, 07:14 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reminder. Downloaded.
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Old 05-03-11, 09:54 AM   #4
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Fantastic sophomore effort. Really really good stuff.
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Old 05-03-11, 10:04 AM   #5
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Looking forward to it. Can't believe how fast they've taken off, entirely deserved of course...
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Fantastic sophomore effort. Really really good stuff.
I just heard this for the first time. I agree it is a really good record.
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Old 05-03-11, 05:54 PM   #7
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Just picked this up at Best Buy for $7.99. They still put posters in CDs?
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Been "previewing" it for a week now and i'm loving it. I will be getting the CD this week for sure.
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Old 05-04-11, 06:26 AM   #9
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Just picked this up at Best Buy for $7.99. They still put posters in CDs?
That thing is huge, isn't it?
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Old 05-04-11, 11:48 AM   #10
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That thing is huge, isn't it?
When I first opened the packaging for the CD I thought they had stuffed a couple of chapters of "War and Peace" inside the sleeve.

I pretty much threw that thing in the trash. What a waste to use that enormous font on their Thank You's and then scribble the lyrics on the cardboard inside, that are difficult to read.

Oh well, it's a minor complaint, and at least the music is really good.
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Old 05-04-11, 04:16 PM   #11
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When I first opened the packaging for the CD I thought they had stuffed a couple of chapters of "War and Peace" inside the sleeve.

I pretty much threw that thing in the trash. What a waste to use that enormous font on their Thank You's and then scribble the lyrics on the cardboard inside, that are difficult to read.

Oh well, it's a minor complaint, and at least the music is really good.
I know. What were they thinking? Let's expend the effort and expense of putting a poster in the CD but put nothing worth looking at on the poster.
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Old 05-16-11, 10:21 PM   #12
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A few amazing performances from the album on Jools Holland:

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Old 05-17-11, 10:10 AM   #13
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Saw them last week in Hollywood. They sound fantastic live (though the Palladium mixed them far too loud, almost as if they're a metal band), and put on a really good show, but they're sorta dull personalities with zero showmanship.
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Old 05-18-11, 07:07 AM   #14
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Love the new album. Definitely in my top ten for the year.
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Old 05-18-11, 08:19 AM   #15
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Does anyone else think this album is a bit...boring?
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Old 05-18-11, 10:51 AM   #16
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Thanks for posting those YouTube videos. I've heard of Fleet Foxes, but never heard them. I may jump on that amazon deal for the album. Is their 1st album just as good?
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Is their 1st album just as good?
Its one of my most listened to albums of the last couple years so id definitely say yes.
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Is their 1st album just as good?
I'd say their first album is a bit better, as is their first 5-song EP.
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Does anyone else think this album is a bit...boring?
I've only listened to it once so far, but it didn't really do anything for me. Don't know if I'll end up going back to it very much.
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Old 05-18-11, 05:27 PM   #20
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Does anyone else think this album is a bit...boring?
I've listened to it a couple times, but it's not living up to the first album for me so far.
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Old 05-18-11, 11:40 PM   #21
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Re: FLEET FOXES "Helplessness Blues" 2011

Agreed with whomever said the first album is pretty solid. This album, I find myself actually wondering why they are writing bad songs. I didn't like Helplessness Blues (the song) too much at first but really dig it now...but even with that, I find that I LOVE the first half of the song...then want to skip the second half. Maybe it is a grower, but so far it just is not doing anything for me. Kinda upsetting based on how much of a revelation the first album was in the indie music world.

On a positive note, does anyone feel that Robin's voice and vocal choices are strikingly similar to Simon and Garfunkel. I dig those moments.
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Old 05-19-11, 06:40 AM   #22
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Does anyone else think this album is a bit...boring?
Don't give up on it. It's been growing on me. That said, it will never touch their S/T or EP (for me).
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Old 05-25-11, 10:34 AM   #23
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I've only listened to it once so far, but it didn't really do anything for me. Don't know if I'll end up going back to it very much.
Perhaps this band just isn't for me, but they're definitely in the "inexplicably critically acclaimed band" category for me. Both of their albums have had basically zero impact on me even though I tried to listen to them both several times. I'm clearly wrong because people love this stuff...

Having said that the whole neo-folk rock of this band and stuff like Beach House and Midlake in general does nothing for me, so YMMV.
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Old 05-25-11, 10:37 AM   #24
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I really liked White Winter Hymnal, but the rest of their stuff is pretty much just background ignorable stuff for me. I don't dislike it, but I don't exactly love it.
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And only 6 years later:

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