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Fleet Foxes / Helplessness Blues
Album:Helplessness Blues Collection:General
Artist:Fleet Foxes Added:Jun 2011
Label:Sub Pop Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-08-21 Pull Date:2011-10-23 
Week Ending:Oct 23Oct 16Oct 9Oct 2Sep 25Sep 18Sep 11Sep 4

 Recent Airplay
1.Nov 17, 2022:fresh musical preserves!
Helplessness Blues
4.Mar 18, 2022:KZSU Time Traveler
Battery Kinzie
2.Jul 08, 2022:KZSU Time Traveler
Helplessness Blues
5.Dec 27, 2021:Wee Animalcules (rebroadcast from Sep 9, 2011)
Battery Kinzie
3.Jun 03, 2022:KZSU Time Traveler
Helplessness Blues
6.Dec 09, 2021:Wee Animalcules (rebroadcast from Sep 9, 2011)
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Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2011-08-10 
“Helplessness Blues” Fleet Foxes
What is Fleet Foxes? Crosby, Stills & Nash? Simon & Garfunkel? Seals & Crofts? America? The Seattle band is all of these groups and none of them. “Helplessness Blues” is Fleet Foxes’ 2nd full-length LP, an extraordinary follow-up to its 2008 debut, “Fleet Foxes.” The CD can be classified as folk-rock or baroque pop, but it’s so much more than its genre. And while it draws on its musical lineage, the LP is very much a unique work for today. Musically, it ranges from the psychedelic folk of the 1960s to classical guitar, from an achingly personal singer-songwriter composition to almost church-like hymns. The Foxes’ trademark harmonies soar throughout, and Robin Pecknold’s intricate, often highly introspective lyrics examine some of the many questions of existence. The result is a richly rewarding experience that’s not to be missed. It may well be one of 2011’s finest.
— Francis

Recommended: 6, 1, 12, 4,11, 5 No FCCs detected.

1. (3:37) Beautiful, soaring folk ballad. Wistful, with rich harmonies. Rapid guitar picking underneath keeps the tune moving forward. ****
2. (4:30) Bouncy folk, full of rhythm, piano and guitar interplay. Catchy.
3. (3:14) Lots of musical changes throughout — soft to loud, a cappella vocals to rich harmonies. Distinctive guitar picking.
4. (2:49) Galloping tune, with thumping drums. About unrequited love and wasted time. ***
5. (5:54) Sounds like a musical round, with call-and-response, almost church choir-like harmonizing. Then, song segues into something that is a lot like Crosby, Stills & Nash (or America?) with 1960s folk flute flourishes. ***
6. (5:03) Best track on the CD. A beautiful, catchy melody. Wonderful dynamics. Interesting musical changes. And highly introspective lyrics. *****
7. (2:08) Delicate instrumental, with almost classical guitar and possibly mandolin.
8. (4:25) A waltz. A lightly skipping dance around the Maypole — but with dark lyrics about a breakup. **
9. (2:29) Another bittersweet, heartfelt ballad.
10. (8:07) A lengthy saga perhaps inspired by Pecknold’s breakup that occurred during the writing of the CD. Moves from soaring reflection to aggressive driving emotion to wistful harmonies — before ending with screeching saxophones.
11. (3:05) Paul Simon-like personal tune. Just a vocal and guitar. No reverb that’s typical of most Fleet Foxes’ songs. ***
12. (4:36) Dramatic change. Driving tempo — guitar, drum and bass — through most of song. Soaring vocals over. Ends unresolved with soft, personal a cappella harmonies. ***

Track Listing
1.Montezuma 7.The Cascades
2.Bedouin Dress 8.Lorelai
3.Sim Sala Bim 9.Someone You'd Admire
4.Battery Kinzie 10.The Shrine / An Argument
5.The Plains / Bitter Dancer 11.Blue Spotted Tail
6.Helplessness Blues 12.Grown Ocean