Gallowsbird's Bark - The Fiery Furnaces
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  • Summary: Unlike Jack and Meg White, this brother-sister garage-blues duo really are brother and sister. 'Gallowsbird's Bark' marks the full-length debut for New Yorkers Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger after several years touring with the likes of Spoon, The Kills and French Kicks.
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  1. A fantastic debut album that only gets richer and better with more listens, Gallowsbird's Bark is more fully formed and daring than most second or third albums from many bands.
  2. Plays like a big, half-drunken romp through golden-era rock 'n' roll-- airy and thrilling and shifty as hell.
  3. A unique musical vision with a genuinely unique and beautifully skewed worldview to boot.
  4. They're loose, quirky, and rocking. [Listen 2 This supplement, Nov 2003, p.41]
  5. It’s an album full of aggressive piano, golden rock and roll and warbled, disturbed lyrics.
  6. 70
    The Furnaces play with a whimsical charm, so the band seems more like an arts-and-crafts project than an occupation. [Nov 2003, p.113]
  7. Every song is a piano recital, a punk rock concert, a tone poem, an art project, a dizzying expanse of white noise, a beautiful mess. But over Gallowbird's Bark, you begin to wonder the appeal of it all.

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  1. ThomasS
    Jul 11, 2005
    One of the freshest albums I have heard lately. The more times you listen to the record, the richer it gets. It's on my top 10 list.
  2. TristramC
    Mar 1, 2004
    This was one of the freshest CDs I bought in 2003 and I still listen to it now. This band is knowingly clever like the Shins and New Pornographers yet grind like the White Stripes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs sort of bringing to the listener the best of two worlds that got noticed last year, indie-pop and blues/punk revival. Above all though is the spark of artistic adventure on this disc. An inspiring listen that a score of 74 doesn't completely suggest. Expand
  3. Jyoti
    Aug 3, 2006
    The Furnaces are a revelation, and are unlike their contemporaries, who don't seem able to do anything with their influences other than copy them. FF may reprise the history of popular music in their albums, but there's nothing ersatz about them. Expand
  4. ChrisB
    Nov 19, 2006
    One of my favorite records of the past five years. Dark and playful.
  5. SpeedyDaniel
    Jul 8, 2005
    Very funny, but also very good. Interesting debut.