Dog Walk Review of Fleet Foxes ‘Crack-Up’

Everyone’s favorite nature and music review series is back with an extended stroll while listening to the dense Fleet Foxes record!

VITAL STATISTICS

Fleet Foxes (Crack Up)…After a long hiatus these kings of indie folk return with their third album…11 songs…55:09 (wow, seemed longer than that)…

WHAT WIKIPEDIA LEARNED ME: This album begins right where their second album ended so if you put them on back to back it would be a seamless listen…

WALK DISTANCE: 2.1 miles, I guess this goes back to thinking the album was longer but I feel as if my trainer, Mr. iPhone Health missed some steps…I also had to stop for two poopings from Shea the Beagle so that is going to slow my pace down a tad…

SQUIRRELS CHASED: Only one and Shea the Beagle didn’t even get close as the squirrel quickly scurried into a yard…

ALBUM OVERVIEW: This is a tough one to call as Robin Pecknold and the Foxes seem to give a flying fuck to actual song structure on this record. My good friend Eric Mocker derided the many time changes and quiet dirges during a recent podcast episode and I can see why this isn’t his cup of tea. The simple fact is my heart will turn to mush and my spine will get the tingles whenever this guy really starts singing his golden melodies (and they are still all over this record, just parceled out at random times you don’t necessarily expect). I love that reverbed voice so much that I can overlook the album’s eccentricities. The sheer amount of instruments employed on this album is also impressive, as is the fine-toothed production which welds the strings, horns, and whatever else together. It will be lost in the non-accessibility of it all but this is by far their most advanced instrumental record as they rock out MMJ style for a bit on “Third of May” and do some cool electric guitar shit on “Mearcstapa”…

YOU’LL LIKE IT IF YOU’RE A FAN OF: David Crosby/Stephen Stills deep cuts…pretentious indie folk rock…the word ‘ossified’…

FINAL VERDICT: Record continues to get better with every listen so I’ll give it three and a half dog treats out of five dog treats…

 

 

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