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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: 96 out of 115
  2. Negative: 7 out of 115
  1. RiceKrispiesDave
    Oct 4, 2009
    10
    Joe Blow you should go Blow a Joe, 'cause this album is great.
  2. MajhongT
    Dec 11, 2008
    10
    This album continued to impress me as I was introduced to quality song after quality song. I couldn't believe that so many unbelievable This album continued to impress me as I was introduced to quality song after quality song. I couldn't believe that so many unbelievable songs could come from one CD. Kudos Fleet Foxes. Expand
  3. AdamE.
    Jun 5, 2008
    10
    One of the Best Albums Of 2008! A complete masterpiece!
  4. marko
    Sep 25, 2009
    10
    Joe blow = typical pretentious opinion i'm glad there are at least some people who listen to the music for the music, not to be as Joe blow = typical pretentious opinion i'm glad there are at least some people who listen to the music for the music, not to be as obscure as possible to bolster their hipster cred. Expand
  5. MatthewC
    Nov 24, 2008
    9
    Each song on this record is like an old friend. You are instantly drawn to them yet learn to appreciate them even more as you get to know Each song on this record is like an old friend. You are instantly drawn to them yet learn to appreciate them even more as you get to know them. wholly organic yet sophisticated and haunting, this record is one that will towards the front of my record collection forever. Expand
  6. Jun 7, 2011
    8
    Solid debut full of great harmonies and solid arrangements, good folk record.
  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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