I'm Going Away - The Fiery Furnaces
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  • Summary: Matthew Friedberger produces the indie rock duo's eighth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Fans can breathe easy: The weirdness that so delights them isn't Going anywhere just yet.
  2. I’m Going Away won’t surprise anyone familiar with the Friedbergers’ predilection for chopped-up blues riffs, martial rhythms, bebop breaks, three-or-four-word choruses, and impenetrably insular folklore. But now neophytes have an easier way in to one of modern rock’s most adventurous acts.
  3. 80
    The music and mood's emotional connection makes the Furnaces a band to love at last. [Sep 2009, p.95]
  4. I’m Going Away is another absorbing mile on the Furnaces’ flight from indie-rock convention.
  5. I’m Going Away is a good record, it just doesn’t really sound like the Fiery Furnaces. Though for some, I’m sure, that’ll be very welcome news indeed.
  6. The new album's lyrical plotlines feel more organized than on past efforts, and musical twists are easier to follow, with Matthew's piano grounding the recording.
  7. 40
    They rather more resemble the wilfully over-wrought pastiches of Flight Of The Conchords, but without the jokes. [Sep 2009, p.82]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. DennyG
    Aug 14, 2009
    Please, everyone, stop using the word "accessible". This album -- like "Widow City" it is not just a bunch of songs -- was made to shut up critics who want something just barely more adventurous than American Idol. Congratulations -- you succeeded magnificently. Now please get back to extending boundaries! Expand
  2. eastside
    Jul 21, 2009
    Allmusic dot com's Heather Phares describes the FF as "restless sonic chameleons" and no truer sentiment has ever been written about these sibs. Another winning release from these Brooklynites definitely benefits from a sharper focus and a reigning in of arrangements. Lovely piano, shredding guitars and Eleanor's lovely voice highlight these strong compositions. The second side of the record is especially strong; "Evergreen" has always been my fave FF tune, but "Lost at Sea" is challenging for the mantle. The awesome rhythm section of Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico bring it throughout. As far as the reviews are concerned, allmusic and popmatters reviews are both worth a read. Love, love what this band has done and is doing and hope for more in the future. Expand
  3. Kiefer
    Jul 27, 2009
    Really solid album. I am a die hard fan and was initially disappointed that it is so relatively tame for an FF album. But, after about 10 listens I have come to appreciate just how listenable it is. There are a number of very beautifully done songs on this album and I suspect that I'll be going back to the well and listening to it many times. Expand
  4. FredR.
    Jul 21, 2009
    I greatly disliked Widow City so my expectations were pretty low for this one. I was pleasantly surprised. I'm Going Away allows their huge talent to take front stage and it is accessible and fun to listen to. Expand