Blueberry Boat - The Fiery Furnaces
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  • Summary: The brother-sister duo of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger return with a second quirky, challenging and eclectic LP.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. The Fiery Furnaces have made one of the most ambitious and, quite likely, one of the best records of 2004.
  2. This is pop music, filtered through the minds, hands and voices of two artists whose vision reaches beyond the bounds of the form. [#7]
  3. It’s both an oddly comforting and exhilarating trip.
  4. In the end, this suite of suites sounds too inherently disorienting, however thrilling its fragments, and however entertaining it is to hear the Friedbergers' wordy, fantastical non sequiturs.
  5. "Blueberry Boat" will confuse first-timers with its cartoonish feel, but repeated listens start to reveal the subtle complexities that each song brings to the table, regardless of their seemingly short attention spans.
  6. 60
    For those who've wondered what The Who's rock operas would sound like if rerecorded by Captain Beefheart and Stevie Nicks, it's time to break the rules. [Oct 2004, p.103]
  7. Toe-curlingly unlistenable. [4 Sep 2004, p.73]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 49
  2. Negative: 6 out of 49
  1. Jul 22, 2011
    Brilliantly unpredictable, smart, ever-shifting pop. What could've been post-modern "I'm-so-clever" crap instead becomes one of the best and most successfully ambitious pop albums I've ever heard. The five "operas" are great, and short, charming songs like "My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found" and "Birdie Brain" make this utterly charming. Expand

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