Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
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  • Summary: This is the debut album from the Seattle area quintet.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    The sense of wonder in Fleet Foxes' songs is matched only by the discipline and talent that created this adventurous, evocative record. One which is already shaping up as an album of the year. [July 2008, p.98]
  2. Hushed and wistful, Foxes evokes the itinerant days of yore...you know, before gas cost four bucks a gallon.
  3. Tone is an alchemic process, and Fleet Foxes produce gold with regularity, a stunning feat for such a young band. [Summer 2008]
  4. 80
    Fleet Foxes' full-length debut showcases a gift for folk-adjacent mini-epics that evolve in unexpected directions yet never lose their organic center. [Summer 2008, p.102]
  5. Throughout the album, the band sounds wise beyond its years, so it's not really that surprising that Fleet Foxes is such a satisfying, self-assured debut.
  6. 80
    At its best, Fleet Foxes is warm and cathartic, with all the hopefulness of a balmy summer night.
  7. There's a huge promise to Fleet Foxes, one that can't be ignored, but Pecknold and the rest of the guys haven't tapped into it yet.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 110
  2. Negative: 7 out of 110
  1. Aug 11, 2011
    There is absolutely nothing wrong to say about this record. Perfect. Cannot recall how many times I've dreamed about Blue Ridge Mountains. This is what I call music. Expand
  2. Jul 1, 2013
    Made a Metacritic account just to say how much I loved this album. Every track is an inconceivable aural delight as Robin Pecknold has an undeniable talent for taking his songs in unexpected but beautiful new directions. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2011
    This album is so beautiful it sometimes brings me near tears. People who dont like it dont really listen to it and absorb it. They just reject it because it is unfamiliar and something very far form the music we hear today. Just give it a listen and stay in that moment. Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2013
    This debut by Fleet Foxes is simply astounding. Having listened to it for almost 4 years now, I cannot explain the effects it has had on me. I can only say that it truly transcends the timely and rises to the timeless. It's naturalistic, pastoral lyrics touch on universal themes and are given vibrant color by the beautiful harmonies and are accentuated even more by the instrumentals. Can't wait to see what is next for their third album. So dang great. Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2011
    Fleet Foxes is a wonderful record. Each song stands out for me. Robert Pecknold has the perfect voice for the melodies created in this album. The lyrics are are great and listening to this album makes me wanna grow a beard and live high up in the mountains. Each track is catchy and makes you wanna hum to it. All In All, Fleet Foxes is a wonderful album that needs to b e listened too. A- Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2010
    Anyone denying the strength of this album probably shouldn't be listening to it, probably shouldn't be listening to music at all. They're the same people who don't like the film 'Amelie' or the TV show 'The Wire'... it's simply a classic, and it deserves universal acclaim because it's an extraordinarily well crafted piece of culture. Expand
  7. Jul 22, 2011
    When you get right down to it, too often this album sounds like elevator music for indie kids. I really enjoyed the new album they just put out (Helplessness Blues), but I could never really get into this one. Other than the terrific little folk stomper White Winter Hymnal and the intimate Your Protector, this album is way too cute and effete for its own good. Music like this works best when the lyrics and songwriting are deeply personal and easy to relate to, but instead this album settles for bland ballads about mountains, meadowlarks, and the lead singer's brothers, and none of those topics make for very compelling songwriting. Expand

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