Looking for an album with a cool folk sound, awesome harmonies and unforgettable lyrics? Fleet Foxes’ sophomore album “Helplessness Blues” came out yesterday, three years after their self-titled debut.
The album is full of music that fans of folk bands such as Mumford & Sons and The Swell Season will enjoy. The album is great from start to finish, but several songs stand out.
The Plains/Bitter Dancer – This song is both haunting and beautiful. A combination of two songs, it starts with gypsy folk sounding instrumentals and builds to a chorus of intense harmonies. Just as it hits a climax, the vocals drop and it goes back to a folk sound. Eventually the vocals come back with Fleet Fox
es’ trademark harmonies. The lyrics fit the haunting tone, speaking of someone who’s committed an unspeakable crime.
Helplessness Blues – The album’s namesake, this song has a very similar feel to music by Mumford & Sons. It is a fairly upbeat song that would be good to listen to while driving on a nice day with the windows down.
The lyrics are really deep, discussing how everyone is a part of something bigger and how the world is a wonderful, interesting and beautiful place. In the middle of the song, the music slows down, changing its tone to a more dreamy and mystic sound.
Lorelai – I absolutely love this song. It’s upbeat, happy and really catchy right off the bat. It’s an anti-love song about being into someone and them being over you, not interested in you at all or using you. The tone and message contrast, but that just makes the track even better. This is definitely my favorite song on this album.
Someone You’d Admire – As a prime example of Fleet Foxes’ incredible harmonies, this is a song about wanting to change, but not knowing if you’re able to. It’s a slower, sadder song, but it is very pretty. The harmonies in the chorus are absolutely gorgeous. Overall, it’s a really beautiful and thought-provoking song.
Anyone who’s a fan of folk-rock will enjoy this album. “Helplessness Blues” is now available for purchase. You can currently stream the CD through the National Public Radio website and certain songs are available through Fleet Foxes’ website.