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Fleet Foxes Fly on “Helplessness Blues”

Sometime around the end of the 1960’s, the music of Simon and Garfunkel hooked up with that of Crosby, Stills, and Nash and produced this album as their love child.

Never has such a toe-tappingly beautiful and musically uplifting album carried such a dreary name.

Helplessness Blues features harmonies without rival, even by the aforementioned legends. The soul runs deep in acoustic mountain melodies, rich in texture and time. Percussion, strings, and woodwinds are used sparsely and effectively to create the album’s delightful atmosphere.

The lyrics are elegantly crafted and delivered beautifully.  Tracks like “The Cascades” and “Blue Spotted Tail” could have blown in straight off a Scottish plain, while others like “Sim Sala Bim” and “The Plains/Bitter Dancer” roll in like tumbleweeds from an old Clint Eastwood western.

While the tracks work well to form a cohesive whole, a close listen just might leave you feeling transported elsewhere more than once during its course.  Altogether, Helplessness Blues is another fine effort from Fleet Foxes!

Below is “Lorelei” from the album for you to preview.

Helplessness Blues score: 4 Falcone Rings


2 comments on “Fleet Foxes Fly on “Helplessness Blues”

  1. Shirley Whiteside McCormack
    October 6, 2011

    Write up and observations are very good. Music video is fun to watch because I can remember street cars and the old power poles like those as a child. It’s fun to bring back memories.

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