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  • Summary: This is the debut album from the Seattle area quintet.

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White Winter Hymnal
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. With their self-titled debut, Fleet Foxes have attained this and have delivered one of the best albums of the year.
  2. Hushed and wistful, Foxes evokes the itinerant days of yore...you know, before gas cost four bucks a gallon.
  3. What follows is surprisingly full and wide ranging, almost as much as the Bruegel painting that graces the album's cover.
  4. Fleet Foxes doesn't leave the stereo. Three, four, five times through-–these songs resonate over and over until they stick for good. A sign of a great record: words fail but a feeling remains.
  5. A lower-dosage Animal Collective, the Foxes stuff their free-form songs with rich, swirling melodies; billowing clouds of organs, tom-toms, bells and assorted stringed instruments cloak group vocals whose secular-gospel, suede-fringed precision owes plenty to Crosby, Stills and Nash.
  6. 80
    Like the equally rapturous "Sun Giant" EP which preceded it, Fleet Foxes' debut album is a fastidious, sometimes overwhelmingly pretty evocation of the American wilderness; a dreamy companion piece to last month's superb Bon Iver album.
  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: 93 out of 112
  2. Negative: 7 out of 112
  1. RiceKrispiesDave
    Oct 4, 2009
    10
    Joe Blow you should go Blow a Joe, 'cause this album is great.
  2. OscarS
    Nov 3, 2008
    10
    An absolutely stunning album. I have to disagree with Gene S. If you listen to Robin sing with out reverb he proves to be a wonderful singer, An absolutely stunning album. I have to disagree with Gene S. If you listen to Robin sing with out reverb he proves to be a wonderful singer, the reverb just serves to add the the ethereal nature of this masterpiece. From the lonesome acoustics of Tiger Mountain Peasant Song to the epic, glorious Ragged Wood or Your Protector, this album stuns me every time with its sheer beauty, honesty and musicality. Wonderful. Expand
  3. Mo
    Jun 5, 2008
    10
    This might be the best album of the year. Lush landscapes and texture. It's a different state of mind.
  4. MattK
    Aug 6, 2009
    10
    Timeless folk music. Sumptious harmonies with carefully crafted instrumentation. Stick it on repeat and you won't regret it!
  5. JonathanA
    Oct 15, 2008
    9
    Cynical types will dismiss this, but stripped of any hype or its indie critic favor and this album is still gorgeous, refreshingly accessable Cynical types will dismiss this, but stripped of any hype or its indie critic favor and this album is still gorgeous, refreshingly accessable and wonderfully produced. I hope they DON'T make it more "bumpy" and stick to making beautiful, harmonized folk tunes, because there's more than enough top-tier indie bands making that kind of challenging music already. It's okay to make something nice and relaxing, too, you know. It's great to find a band that does it well. Expand
  6. MarkF
    Sep 15, 2008
    8
    I would rate in higher but the production lets it down, and the harmonies to my ears often seem less than on point. A better producer would I would rate in higher but the production lets it down, and the harmonies to my ears often seem less than on point. A better producer would not have allowed it to be released in this form. Expand
  7. JoeBlow
    Jun 5, 2009
    0
    Just another perfect example of the oldest misconception in the world, if everyone likes it that much, it must be good. Wrong. The way I see Just another perfect example of the oldest misconception in the world, if everyone likes it that much, it must be good. Wrong. The way I see it, if everybody likes it that much, it probably means that it's suited for the masses, meaning, common, saturated ideas that are more than likely being done better elsewhere, not en-masse. Expand

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