Gallowsbird's Bark - The Fiery Furnaces
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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. 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.
  3. Plays like a big, half-drunken romp through golden-era rock 'n' roll-- airy and thrilling and shifty as hell.
  4. 80
    This may well be the most exhilarating debut of the year. [Nov 2003, p.107]
  5. A joy from start to finish. [Dec 2003, p.124]
  6. 80
    An odball masterpiece. [Oct 2003, p.110]
  7. The duo manage to create the same raw fervoured energy of Jack 'n Meg, but also utilise a far more diverse array of sound and instruments.
  8. A spiky hybrid of stuff grabbed from various decades.
  9. They're loose, quirky, and rocking. [Listen 2 This supplement, Nov 2003, p.41]
  10. 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]
  11. It’s an album full of aggressive piano, golden rock and roll and warbled, disturbed lyrics.
  12. 60
    Some songs here make more sense than others, and the musicianship, while spirited, isn't quite accomplished. [#61, p.92]
  13. A unique musical vision with a genuinely unique and beautifully skewed worldview to boot.
  14. The Furnaces’ brand of sonic mayhem may not be for everyone, but there are rewards for those who dare take the plunge.
  15. It pulls from a grab bag of influences, from Bob Dylan to Broadway, The Who to honky-tonk, and tosses them around with apparent abandon. In spite of this (or maybe because of it), The FFs spin all of this into a sound that's consistent, yet almost magically unique.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. ChrisB
    Nov 19, 2006
    9
    One of my favorite records of the past five years. Dark and playful.
  2. Jyoti
    Aug 3, 2006
    9
    The Furnaces are a revelation, and are unlike their contemporaries, who don't seem able to do anything with their influences other than 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. Full Review »
  3. ThomasS
    Jul 11, 2005
    10
    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.