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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the indie folk quintet from Seattle was co-produced by the band's Robin Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    Their third record is their best, a meandering, wild, untamable masterpiece from a front man who refuses to stop studying and refuses to be predictable.
  2. Jun 14, 2017
    90
    With Crack-Up's earnest explorations of the human condition and evocative, progressive composition, Fleet Foxes maintain their status as one of the best folk rock bands of the 21st century.
  3. Jun 16, 2017
    90
    Fleet Foxes return with a grand, theatrical approach to music as a whole, and although they reminisce on their grand, prog-folk glory days, Crack-Up as a musical statement is genre-less.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 6, 2017
    80
    It confirms that rarest of achievements: a group somehow hanging on to the essence who they are, while pushing their art into thrillingly unforeseen places. [Aug 2017, p.99]
  5. Jun 15, 2017
    80
    Orchestral, experimental, and more challenging than either of the band's previous releases, it's a natural fit for the Nonesuch label, whose heritage was built on such attributes. For Fleet Foxes, it represents a shift away from their more idyllic early days into a period of artistic growth and sophistication.
  6. Jul 19, 2017
    70
    While it’s not short of irritating periods of pretension, it’s par for the course when beauty, indulgence and complexity are key ingredients in the melting pot.
  7. Jun 16, 2017
    58
    The band has always prided itself on ornateness, and in that sense, Crack-Up is its richest release to date. But more often than not, all that fussiness robs it of any impact.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 23, 2017
    10
    Fleet Foxes continue their sonic evolution on a much more prog-folk, folk rock and traditional folk album. The band plays with a soft-loudFleet Foxes continue their sonic evolution on a much more prog-folk, folk rock and traditional folk album. The band plays with a soft-loud dynamic, putting together two sonic styles they do well: Hard-hitting acoustic guitar with flowing string instruments, and soft guitar chords more in the style of Helplesness Blues, while the strings quietly hold everything together. Expand
  2. Oct 24, 2019
    10
    This is the only band that i know that grows more confidently with every album they release. Every song Robin writes was meticulously thoughtThis is the only band that i know that grows more confidently with every album they release. Every song Robin writes was meticulously thought out to the point of perfection. The first two albums were folk classics. This is Folk-God level... **** art-rock that matures like fine wine on each listen. They raised the bar pretty high for themselves and for all their copycat bands. Expand
  3. Jun 16, 2017
    10
    Takes everything that was great about self-titled and Helplessness Blues and elevates it to the next level. This is Fleet Foxes' magnum opusTakes everything that was great about self-titled and Helplessness Blues and elevates it to the next level. This is Fleet Foxes' magnum opus and in my humble opinion, the front-runner for AOTY at the moment. Some of the most beautiful, melodic, and ambitious music you'll hear this year (or any year for that matter). Expand
  4. Feb 18, 2019
    9
    First of all I'd like to say that this isn't my favourite Fleet Foxes album, that title belongs to the masterpiece that is 'HelplessnessFirst of all I'd like to say that this isn't my favourite Fleet Foxes album, that title belongs to the masterpiece that is 'Helplessness Blues', but this probably ties with their debut, in my opinion, when looking at the enjoyability of the music. One thing that really struck me with 'Crack-Up', was how clever and intelligent it is, without insisting upon itself or sounding pretentious. The persistent motif of suddenly shifting between movements and emotions, and we're told this is a comment on the necessity of holding two opposing thoughts together in one's head. And after being told that, it's possible to listen to 'Crack-Up' again, ready to experience it in yet another way. To this day, after having listened to the album many times over, I can still pick out small elements of instrumentation I hadn't noticed before, and wonder absentmindedly throughout the rest of my day what it could mean. In closing it's clear to me that this album is misunderstood, and I encourage anyone who wasn't taken with it originally to give it another listen or two, and really pay attention to it. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2017
    8
    While Fleet Foxes don’t necessarily create any spectacular or ingenious moments, they do create a masterful atmosphere that’s raw, pastoral,While Fleet Foxes don’t necessarily create any spectacular or ingenious moments, they do create a masterful atmosphere that’s raw, pastoral, and intelligent, with a consistency that many current musicians in the folk music realm would die for. My Score: 135/180 (Solid) = 7.5/10 Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2017
    8
    For the most part, superb and rewarding. Takes time to fully appreciate this one. A couple of tracks seem out of place: namely, 'Mearstcapa'For the most part, superb and rewarding. Takes time to fully appreciate this one. A couple of tracks seem out of place: namely, 'Mearstcapa' and 'I Should See Memphis'. On the whole though, this has real substance and longevity. Expand
  7. Feb 28, 2020
    5
    Was hoping for more. Looking forward to this new album and after months of trying to get into it, it just doesn’t hook me.

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