Lost within the hype, attention and brouhaha over the 50th anniversary re-issue of The Beatles “White Album”, is First Collection 2006 – 2009, a retrospective on the early Fleet Foxes recordings.
This is probably one of the toughest reviews I’ve ever written. Ever since I first listened to this debut full-length from Seattle’s Fleet Foxes, I’ve been wondering how in the world I would be able to string together a couple (or more) sentences that would do justice to this masterpiece! For a band to be able to meld the rustic melodic beauty of Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks’ Smile and the heartfelt echoes of 70s singer-songwriter movement, is almost unbelievable.
Seattle rock band Fleet Foxes, in our humble opinion, released the album of the Noughties – it’s eponymous debut being the spiritual descendent of such transcendental pop-rock classics like The Beach Boys’ aborted Smile and Todd Rundgren’s majestic A Wizard, A True Star.
Fleet Foxes released the best debut album of the last decade (in our humble opinion) and whilst the follow-up was a little underwhelming in comparison, the good news is that the band is back with a new one!