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Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

2008

Fleet Foxes

Album Summary

Fleet Foxes is the debut studio album by American folk band Fleet Foxes, released on June 3, 2008 by Bella Union. The album debuted at number eleven on the US & UK Albums Chart, where it eventually peaked at number one. The album garnered wide praise from critics, many of whom named it one of the best albums of the 2000s and one of the greatest debut albums of all time.

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Rating

3.49

Votes

5594

Genres

  • Pop
  • Folk
  • Indie
  • Rock
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Sat Jun 19 2021
5

I’m so upset with myself for never jumping on the Fleet Foxes hype train when I had the chance, because this album as absolutely incredible. Every vocal harmony impeccable, every note perfectly placed. This album feels like looking at a masterfully crafted wood carving. It feels like it takes the best bits of each of the year’s seasons and rolls them into one. Not only is this a 5, but I think it firmly has a place among my favorite records now.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

On one hand, every song on this record is extremely well produced, with a clear and sharp sound and epic vocals. Standout songs for me are Sun It Rises, White Winter, Ragged Wood and Quiet Houses. However, there is very little for me to gain in listening to any more. I am dissapointed by the variety, a lack of tight instrumentals, and an unengaging theme. Because it leans a bit too much on vocals for my taste and I find myself getting tired of the choir-boy indie esthetic after a couple of songs, I feel it deserves a 6/10.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

*exactly my style of music *can't believe i hadn't listen to them before

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Sun Sep 12 2021
5

Um hi yes I’m obsessed with this album cover it’s gorgeous what is it. Apparently it’s by Peter Bruegel the Elder which makes since because I love his work. I hope I like this so I can buy it on vinyl just for the cover. 1. This is pretty 2. I have no idea what this is about but it’s pretty - I’ve decided it’s about little snow foxes wearing cute red scarves. 3. Pretty, this is soothing. 4. Oooh a minor key? 5. I really thought they were saying donkey man. Glad they aren’t. 6. “Memory is a fickle siren’s song” great line. 7. Pretty 8. I love this sort of sound - I have no idea what any of this album is about but it’s super pretty sounding 9. This sounds melancholic- very pretty though 10. This is a good album to listen to while you’re laying in bed at night. Calming, soothing, pretty, kinda zen. 11. It’s just a pretty album I guess I’m finally going to go listen to Shore now

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Sun Feb 06 2022
1

This is like open heart surgery from the point of view of the heart. Painful, uncomfortable, but with just the right amount of sexual tension. It's a noose around an unborn baby's neck. A sex tape set in a cancer ward. Crying whilst fingering your twin sister.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Phenomenal debut, with masterfully crafted folk / chamber pop songs. Sounds like a solid mix between CSNY & The Beach Boys ‘Pet Sounds.’ STANDOUTS: -White Winter Hymnal -Ragged Wood -Tiger Mountain Peasant Song -Quiet Houses -He Doesn’t Know Why -Your Protector -Blue Ridge Mountains

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Sat May 15 2021
5

One of my favorite albums by probably my favorite band. I started listening to this album on the way to Santa Cruz maybe around when it came out. I was in middle school, and my best friend’s older sister put it on as she took us on the 3 hour drive to the boardwalk. It was the only CD we listened to the entire trip, and I’m not complaining. I have such nostalgia surrounding this! We laughed and swore we would learn to play Blue Ridge Mountains. I was told I could do the timpani or whatever instrument that is before, “in the quavering forestttt” chorus... I love this album with all my heart. I haven’t gone a year, month, and probably even week without listening to at least one of the songs off this album.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
1

The sweetie-poo folk revival was never to my taste. Too earnest and hookless, but worse than that it's preening and genteel. Pop music is the language of semiotics, and what this communicates is a disdain for the city, the market, vulgarity. All healthy in doses, but in this quantity I sense puritanism. That said, they're very good players, occasionally turn their talents to picking good tunes, and aren't preachy.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Think of the sheer STAGGERING quality of this band. This is probably only the second or third best Fleet Foxes record, and yet it's a nearly flawless 5 Star album. Most bands would be beyond lucky and happy to have a "White Winter Hymnal" or "Blue Ridge Mountains" as their opus. This band has BOTH of those, and they might not even be the best song from this era of the group! Incredible, incredible stuff.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

An album for simpler days, quite beautiful.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

4.3 + Haunting, majestic, uplifting - like watching the sun rise over a mountain, gradually spreading light over the rocky crags and dissipating the frigid mist.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
2

As if the Mumfords were trying to pick up girls by demonstrating their deep sensitivity. Maudlin and over-produced but not in a good way. And yet, so precisely of its era that it's hard not to like it just a little bit

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Sun Feb 06 2022
2

Did these come before or after Mumford & Sons? It's very Mumford & Sons. Fairly dull folk tinged indie. Thank God this lot and their ilk didn't take over the world as it briefly looked like they would in the early 2010s. Strong album cover though.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
2

Save it for a coming of age indie movie. It's alright, not offensive, but you're just never going to blow your load whilst it's on, are you? Or am I...? I did.

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Tue May 24 2022
2

This is the kind of stuff that I almost hate, but don't. The music itself is okay-ish. It's kinda dull and there's a million bands out there like them. It seems pretty soulless. It's folksy music for people that are not salt of the Earth people at all. It's for people that grew up in nice, pre-packaged communities and then want to pretend they have a damn thing in common with the average Joe. Sorry. I might've been projecting from personal experience there. Tl;dr: it's folk music for people from the suburbs that want to cosplay as working class. The band itself is lukewarm. It's not awful but it's not good either and it just feels so inauthentic and plastic.

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Tue Sep 08 2020
5

Fantastic folk album, been a favorite for years

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Fri May 07 2021
5

2008: White Winter Hymnal, Blue Ridge Mountain, Ragged Woods, Your Protector, He Doesn't Know Why

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Thu Oct 29 2020
5

10/10. Every song is so good. Tiger Mountain Peasant Song is unreal. Can't say enough good things about this album.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Still holds up. Blue Ridge Mountains still stuck in my head.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Have listened to this album a million times. Have it on vinyl. Love it with all my heart adn will relisten soon...

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

Saved Prior: None Not Saved: 11. Heard Them Stirring 10. Tiger Mountain Peasant Song Cutting Edge: 9. Meadowlarks Off Rip: 8. Oliver James 7. He Doesn't Know Why 6. Blue Ridge Mountains 5. Your Protector 4. White Winter Hymnal 3. Sun It Rises 2. Quiet Houses 1. Ragged Wood Overall Notes: Did not expect to like this at all. Folk is one of my least favorite genres, it all sounds so terribly plain to me. But this was impeccable. Lush sounds, wonderful harmonies, nice little lyrical bits. An easy 5, especially considering the genre this is coming from. This is medieval music for the 21st century, and I'm here for it.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

I love love love this album. I used to listen to it so much when I lived in Ottawa on Blackburn and then on Argyle. I would bike with my headphones in and sing this album sooooo loud! Thanks for the good listen.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

10. I don't really think it's objectively a 10, but that's what I'm rating it anyway

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

When I refreshed the page this morning and saw this album pop up on my screen I was so immensely happy. This is one of my favorite albums of all time and Fleet Foxes one of my top bands. To put it in perspective, 5 of the 11 songs are in my daily playlist (10 total by the band), and 4 made it to the playlist I made for my mom to get a better grasp on the music I love. All that to say it is an instant 5 for me and I am more than happy to give it another listen through with some long listening notes (song by song time! WOOT WOOT!). "Sun It Rises" - I love the traditional folk vocal intro to set the pace of the album in a way. The guitar intro is fun and uplifting and the ethereal vocals on the rest of the song fit my listening style of treating the voice as an instrument and not noticing lyrics right away quite well. The outro riff gives me a almost strokes vibe. "White Winter Hymnal" - It sounds like they are making an indie folk cover of a traditional folk song, but no its an original. I do love the Pentatonix version of this one too. "Ragged Wood" - This is one of the best songs on the album, certainly a departure from the first two song in terms of rhythm and BPM, it plays to its favor though pulling you back in after you drift off to dreamland during "White Winter Hymnal". The bass on this song is fantastic when it is poking through in the energetic parts it is captivating and then a simple but not overbearing bass solo as it then builds instrument on instrument back to that energy. I have listened to this song 62 times according to Spotistats and have never really had the reaction I just had to the bass on that song and I processed some of the vocals in a way I hadn't before. It sounds cheesy, but that moved me. Maybe it was listening through my studio headphones instead of speakers for once but it was amazing. "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" - This goes back to that traditional folk sound of the doubled guitars making a harp like sound is just purely gorgeous. When they sync up for a measure or two at a time it brings the contrast of the two together. It reminds me of the composition of Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair/Canticle". The near shouted vocals on the what I guess you could call choruses have such a visceral feeling to them. "Quiet House" - This is probably my least favorite track on the album. It has amazing instrumentation to it especially that bass it really pulls the other parts together. The "Don't give in" section is what really throws me off, I just hear "Donkey Man" over and over again. The guitar on the outro is also very fantastic. I still really like the track just not my favorite. "He Doesn't Know Why" - I can't quite place my finger on it but the vocals on the intro reminds me so much of another song. It has bothered me since the first time I heard this song and still does. Great song with more great instrumentation. I love the in sync rests they do just before the bridge. "Heard Them Stirring" - I don't have too much to say about this one. It is a good filler track. I don't have strong feelings either way it is just a meditative respite in the middle of the album. "Your Protector" - Another of my favorites. The vocal and flute intro is very gently powerful. The build of the chugging cymbal leading into the bass dig in and then an explosion of instrumentation. There is so much to dissect in this song and I love it more and more each time. "Meadowlarks" - Another one of my lower listen count songs. I love the guitar part under the vocals. They work as two different songs in one that just fit with each other. The chorus of vocals that come in for the middle of the song are very relaxing. The song as a whole is very relaxing. A little too low energy for it to be on my everyday playlist, but I love it. "Blue Ridge Mountains" - The song named for my favorite place on this planet. Is it my favorite for that reason or because it is just an amazing and beautiful song. A little combination. I do prefer the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina but close enough. Another traditional folk sound on the intro. I close my eyes and I am taken there while listening. I can't wait to go back. It is the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever been. Its fitting for one of the best Indie Folk albums to have a song about part of Appalachia one of the birthplaces of American music and particularly folk. Everybody should drive at least part of the Blue Ridge Parkway in their life. The rolling blue mountains for as far as the eye can see just have the most beautiful calming aspect. "Oliver James" - Another "lowlight" of the album for me. Doesn't mean it isn't a good song I just wish it was in a different spot and it ended with the fade out of "Blue Ridge Mountains". I was going to try to provide a little bit of an objective review at the end but that will not be possible. This is a top 10 album for me all time. It is just a beautiful indie folk album that is in my opinion and absolute must listen before you die. If for some reason you are still reading my long winded review I highly recommend that you listen to A Very Lonely Solstice by Fleet Foxes. It is one of my favorite live recorded albums I have ever heard. It certainly benefits from being recorded with no audience during COVID so not a live album in the typical way. I love this album, I love this band, I was having a stressful week and this just melted so much of my stress away.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
1

Imagine if the classic prog rock group, Yes, and the classic folk rock trio, Peter, Paul, & Mary, gave birth to a band of children, only to discover that they were a little tone deaf. Introducing, Fleet Foxes. Variously described as Indie folk and Baroque or Chamber pop (this is a new one for me, folks)- ‘a musical genre that combines rock music with the intricate use of strings, horns, piano, and vocal harmonies, and other components drawn from the orchestral and lounge pop of the 1960s, with an emphasis on melody and texture.’ Sounds good, if only 'Fleet Foxes' had been able to deliver. If this is an example of chamber pop, I would suggest a chambermaid to clean up the mess. A bullet into the chamber of a gun would be overkill. I don’t want anyone to get hurt. Lyrically, the cover painting says it all, as a glance at the song titles will confirm: ‘Tiger Mountain Peasant Song,’ and ‘Meadowlarks,’ and such. You get it. And our lead minstrel, of course, goes by the name of Robin. No foolin’. One can only hope he’s better with a bow and arrow than he is with a mic. Robin was better in the lower registers, but as he climbed in pitch, he got pitchier. In fact the whole group’s harmonies, shrill and frequent, were also all over the medieval map. And the very heavy echo on the voices only sustained the bum notes. ‘Heard Them Stirring,’ for example, was three painful minutes of only oohs and aahs, no lyrics whatsoever as a balm for the hurting harmonies. Furthermore, there was very little instrumentally of which to speak, which would have at least provided a merciful relief to the vocals. The final track, ‘Oliver James’- the bleak tale of a poor chap who died down by the river and was brought back home to be laid on the kitchen table in preparation for burial- ended with an acapella vocal by Robin: ‘Oliver James, washed in the rain, no longer.’ And, bless his heart, he was giving it all he had, the passion was there; but, alas. Fleet Foxes, I was washed in your harmonies for thirty-nine minutes and 15 long seconds… but, no longer. Whew.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
5

Excellent album, had already loved this record for years.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

knew nothing about them going in. very pleasantly surprised

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Great album. Classic.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

something pleasebale to the mind

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

Easy 5 from ol donny here

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Tue May 04 2021
5

5

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Discazo

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

This is a delicious 5

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Indie folk. Reminded me of Zorbing

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Crazy album that evokes a lot of positive and bittersweet emotions.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Modern classic. Love it!

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Excellent...love this album to bits 😍

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

Fantastische, rustgevende muziek met veel harmonieën in de zang en gitaarspel. Deze zal ik met plezier nog eens opzetten!

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Way better than exptected

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

Toll und anders als jedes andere Folk Album das ich kenne

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

About as near perfect as you can get.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Herlig folk! Føles utrolig varmt og organisk i både vokal og instrumental, og veksler mellom oppløftende og melankolsk. Dette kommer jeg nok til å høre mye på fremover!

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Nice album to listen to, very well made and good quality👌🏽

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Sun May 16 2021
5

Amazing album.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

Beautiful!!!

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

Really nice!! Some beautiful and well performed vocal melodies. It seemed the second half was a lot weaker than the first, but i’m not sure if it was a difference in quality or the sound getting a bit monotonous. Still a really cool album, 9/10

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

this album is so good!! i loved this!! dont usually like folk either :))

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

Love it

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

Perhaps the best folk album to spawn since the new millenium began. Robin Pecknold's voice and the bands talent is obvious, and they create some of the most beautiful harmonies you'll ever hear.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

forever a fan of fleet foxes

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

LOVED IT!!!!

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

One of those albums that spawned an entire genre of people trying to copy it and nobody else even came close.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Perfect.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Fantastic album. Been jamming it since it came out

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

I remember the hype about this, but it really wasn't my type of music, so never really paid heed. Listening closely now, it's actually really quite lovely. Beautiful melodies, his voice is stunning, evocative, emotional, arrangements vary between sparse, spine-shivering, and orchestral and rich. Of course there are still plenty of folky and americana bits that just isn't my taste in music, but really they don't bother me. I'm actually quite baffled and amazed about what is it about this album that I like so much, given my strong aversion to folk music. I can't believe it, but am I about to give a 5 to a folk album?? Favourites: White Winter Hymnal of course (sang it in my choral group) Meadowlarks - beautiful sparse arrangement, maybe a bit too much reverb

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

A classic of my generation

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Outstanding. Loved it as a kid -- like it even more now. Blue Ridge Mountains is a damn near flawless song and the album has some killer mystique. 5/5

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Oh my god I'm a little biased because I already knew of this album, but seriously I love it. The highly emotional vocal performance, the almost classical elements of the compositions, the timeless feel of the lyric content and music, the masterful production. A nearly perfect album that has resonated with me since I first listened to it, no matter what walk of life I'm at.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Indie folk royalty at its finest. If you like folk, you'll love this.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

Big fan of this album since it came out.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

Chills

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

A classic. Means a lot to me. Heavenly vocals, incredibly well crafted songs. personal highlight: Your Protector, Ragged Wood and Oliver James.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Holiday cheer may have inspired me to give this a more favorable rating, but it _is_ a great album

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

One of my favourites, always puts me in a good mood. I slightly prefer helplessness blues but this is still great

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

I now this album! :-)

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

This was a really really good album. Definitely my kind of music and I’d never heard of them before. Fav: white winter hymnal

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

So fast so good

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

This is a really amazing album. Totally unique and beautiful. I've listened to this a few times and always liked it, especially White Winter Hymnal. I was thinking 4 stars, but on listening to it again I'm going to go with 5 stars.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

awesome indie - 10/10 favorite song is probably Blue Ridge Mountains, I’m a sucker for that naturey indie stuff - Vashti Bunyan type stuff

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

One of the best folk albums of the last 20 years

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Love this album!

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Fells like they invented a nee genre with this album. If it has a weakness it is that is lacks an emotional theme that resonates with me. Red squirrels etc. Cover art 5/5 Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Who'd have thought a painting from 1559 could make a great cover..

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

An indie folk great

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Very chill and good sound!

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Mon May 02 2022
5

might be perfect?

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Obožavam

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Fri May 13 2022
5

Beautiful album

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Very unique and good indie album with songs I already enjoy. White Winter Hymnal and Ragged Wood are the faves. Strength of the album with some favorites pushes it from a 4.5 to a 5.

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Ah this is such a special album to me. I had it on CD and it was a gift when I was about 16. It's absolutely stunning and has done me a solid many times over the years when I've been anxious and this album has instantly relaxed me. Your Protector is a huge highlight and also Meadowlark. I don't know if I've ever heard anything like Fleet Foxes anywhere else, the harmonies and the voices are so unique and absolutely stunning and this is their best album ever. The artwork is iconic too. It looks so dry at first but the more you look closely there's all kinds of unusual and exciting things going on!

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Tue May 17 2022
5

A beautiful and immersive album. One that sounds not of any time, and is incredibly coherent. Adore it. 5/5

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Already a fan, but incredible album. Instrumentation is wide and full. Songs are direct and compelling.

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Wed May 25 2022
5

great album. an easy listen that doesn't get old or repetitive.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
5

What can I say but I'm a sucker for this type of indie folk. I've always loved and it is just scratches an itch. Yeah there is a lot of similarity but I can't help it, I just eat this shit up.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

It’s so nice. The sound is fantastic, love the quality of the background vocals. Hearing the production on this album makes me wish my favorite albums from the 60s and 70s could’ve been recorded with today’s better sound equipment. Feels so fresh

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

The first album I've drawn that I already have loved for years! I wrote so many papers to this in college a decade ago and still keep coming back.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
5

Immaculate

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Ovaj bend je definicija jesenske glazbe, jednostavno se poistovjećujem, čim čujem glas Robina Pecknolda - odma me baci u onaj najdivniji dio godine, rana lagana jesen, gdje još ima ponešto lišća, sunce sja, trenerka gornja se nosi, nije toliko hladno, lagani vjetar puše, možeš disat i jednostavno upijat divnoće koja ti priroda pruža - zajedno sa Fleet Foxesima, naravno. Nešta sam ovih dana dosta dobar, samo petice frče - ali uglavnom, da. Ovaj album je dosta divan i kažem, čim jesen dođe Fleet Foxesi se pojačano slušaju.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Uvijek drag srcu.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

This is a formative album for me personally as it was the push that got me to get into independent music. Aside from my personal attachment to this album and band, it is excellent musically. This album takes influences from the Beach Boys, the British folk revival, and others to create a textured soundscape that evokes a certain timelessness. The songs on this album sound like they could have been written yesterday or 50 years ago. They draw upon pastoralism while discussing modern themes of belonging and one's role in the world. Furthermore, this album is immediately accessible due to Robin Pecknold's giftedness with melody.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Love this album. It feels like a warm blanket. The layers of sounds in each song are lovely.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Loved this. Need more Fleet Foxes. That's all there is to say.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

I was not expecting this... I have heard of Fleet Foxes and vaguely remembered them as an indie band. This was not what I expected. The musicians are exquisite. The music is exquisite. I loved every song. Some of the particular ones that really stood out on this stand out album included "White Winter Hymnal", "He Doesn't Know Why", "Your Protector", "Meadowlarks", and "Blue Ridge Mountains." But every song is worth listening to. This is a really special album that I am so thankful to now know.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

I've heard of Fleet Foxes but I've never listened to them. If I've heard any of these songs before, I think I probably assumed it was a group from the 60s or early 70s. I'm reminded of Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Neil Young. Lyrics have a specificity that give them emotional heft beyond the usual clichés. Very nice indeed.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Oh, this was a happy discovery! I am sure I have heard "White Winter Hymnal" before somewhere, but I wasn't familiar with Fleet Foxes before. I happily listened 3+ times today. I am intrigued by the sprinkling of random names in the songs. Who is Michael? Who is Jesse? Sean? All the songs are my favorite! "White Winter Hymnal" is a beautiful piece with its harmonies, instrumentation, and percussion. "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" and "Your Protector" are both beautiful and a little scary. "Meadowlarks" and "Blue Ridge Mountains" are just lovely and timeless (except for that connecting flight reference). This is a group I can't wait to hear more from, and the rare occasion where I want to go to the bonus discs!

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

There's never a wrong time for Fleet Foxes.... which is why I'm never allowed to DJ at parties.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

I really really dig it

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Always loved this record

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Love this album- it brings back great memories!

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

I love this album. I listened to it a lot when it came out.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

One of my favorite albums of the 2010’s indie era. Bearded angels

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

One of the best indie albums ever. Such an easy listen & super relaxing. Fav song: Your Protector

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

There isn't a single moment on this album that I didn't like. Lush acoustic guitars, droning organs, booming tom drums, and a soft dusty voice all contribute to the resulting warm indie-folk sound. The chords and melodies are drenched in typical indie melancholy, but the album's supreme charm helps to disguise its cliches. I love it.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Yritin lähestyä fanipoikailematta ja kriittisesti, mutta kyllähän tää sydämen vei taas jo kolmannen biisin kohdalla. Jos jollain levyllä on melodiat 5/5, niin se on tämä.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

I think Hampus would have liked this

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Love this album. Great folk music at its best. Like S&G at their best.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

huge fan

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Loved it! I recognized some songs that I didn't know were by Fleet Foxes so enjoyed that added context.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Big love for Fleet harmonies. This album has been in heavy evening rotation for years.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

This was overdue for a relisten, and I didn't realize how much I liked it. I just love the lyricism and how BIG it sounds, I don't know how else to say. "Your Protector," "Ragged Wood," "White Winter Hymnal," and "Blue Ridge" are probably my fave tracks.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

And now I know who Lord Huron's favorite band is. "White Winter Hymnal" is one that I've heard before and quite like. When I first heard that this was a folk album, I was a bit skeptical, but his album was a home run.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

The mid-late aughts are the absolute peak of the indie rock genre in my eyes, and this album is a perfect example. Gorgeous harmonies and guitar playing. White Winter Hymnal is one of my favorite songs of all time.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Oh boy, this album was a crucial part of my upbringing. I recently returned to it a few months ago because Fleet Foxes came to Philly and I needed to brush up on some of my old favorites before I saw them live. Every member of my household had Fleet Foxes playing 24/7, often different albums coming from different rooms. Given the nature of Fleet Floxes, this actually sounded pretty good. I came out of the experience loving them even more. Almost every song on this album is a stand alone jam for me. Some highlights include White Winter Hymnal, Your Protector, Tiger Mountain Peasant Song, and Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m appreciating some of the less popular songs on the album like Meadowlark. What a stunning song. I missed it back in 2008, but if seems like a song I’ll listen to over and over again. Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the bands’ greatest achievements. There is something special about loving a song over the course of many years and returning to it at just the right times. I can’t review this album without mentioning the Bruegel the Elder painting as cover art. It’s actually a detail from the larger painting. If you look closely you can pick out the strange happenings—people on fire, carving live animals, a man releasing a snake into the river. Everyone is up to their own “foolishness,” and the effect as a whole is beautiful and chaotic. I love this album. I want to give it a 5/5, but I do Helplessness Blues and Shore better. But I realize 5/5 albums are like best friends: you can have more than one! So this album is a 5 for me.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

I mean, what to even say. Ambitious and full of joy. Re-listening to it, I’m struck by how much heart is clearly in the making of this album, especially in Robin Pecknold’s vocal performances. There’s really nothing like it… he’s laying it all on the line for some of these recordings. It’s easy to take a backseat listen to “Fleet Foxes,” to keep it on in the backdrop and largely tune out to its arrangements, its lyrics. But poking under the surface is a real, joyful world that they carved out on this album. It’s a sound that feels like it’s always been there, but it hasn’t… it’s fully unique to this record! There are plenty of influences to string the story along, and I especially noticed some of the psychedelic folk influences this time around. But it’s really a world unto its own, which is easy to forget after 15 years. A monumentally ambitious sound, confidently realized on a debut album. 5 well-deserved stars.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

I've always loved Fleet Foxes but didn't really go deep with them until I listened to their album "Crack-Up". Since then I haven't followed their discography very closely, but I appreciate how little it seems their musical core has changed over the years. They've created a world and left a door open to it ever since. Even as the Fleet Foxes grew more ambitious with their arrangements and writing styles in the years following their eponymous album, would-be departures from this musical home still call it to mind as the place from which we left and to which we always will return. I do think that Robin Pecknold has become a much better singer since this album was released, but besides that it feels like the world of the Fleet Foxes has remained more or less unchanged since its inception. Lyrically, melodically, harmonically, sonically, this music almost always rings the right bells for me. I always get the impression that their music is a big, white, billowing sheet of silk trailing behind a slow-moving plane. Robin Pecknold's voice soars prismatically over hazy pastures of fading green and brown and blue. It's always some time between the end of fall or the quiet onset of winter here, as the listener huddles by a gentle fire, the tip of their nose still a bit cold. Maybe there's an ocean nearby. Every once in a while a flowing run or an especially sharp lyric will pierce the veil and strike me deep in my belly. Pecknold's lyrics always tease towards an open end, a restless urge, an unfinished investigation, in such a way that has me nodding solemnly to their implied questions: "Isn't it beautiful? Isn't it tragic?" The language calls to mind some deep and abiding pastoral mythology, yet for the most part still feels confidently unadorned. I love "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song". The beginning guitar parts remind me a lot of Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat", but Pecknold's flowing melodies are unbounded from a strophic frame in a way that sets the song apart from its here-presumed inspiration. Past that I don't have too many specific points to hit on this album. It feels like a long and gentle flight over a pastoral landscape, as the humble denizens below attempt to make the most out of what precious daylight hours remain.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

First half really good on first listen .

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Fri Dec 18 2020
4

Very nice. I really enjoyed Oliver James and Tiger Mountain Peasant song.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Good enough but not super memorable.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

An album I've listened to before! Hard to listen to it for its quality when ive heard it so many times, but I still love it.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

white winter.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Very enjoyable album taking direct influence from The Beach Boys with the multiple harmonies and even a little Appalachian swagger.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

a classic

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Love, will listen again

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

That was a great album. I loved the moving guitar parts. I can imagine listening to this on a car ride before a weekend long camping trip.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Fun, catchy inde album

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Sort gad a churchy beach Boys them.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Good Already recognise few of the songs from playlists on Spotify

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Quirky lyrics, nice acoustic vibes.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

I'm not a big folksy music fan but I did enjoy this (at least the few songs I listened to). This was a nice change and calming.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Love the musical composition and variety. the band sounds raw in a way that sound like a jam band on stage; but the recording is really clean. folky but not sappy or in-authentic. Reminds me of the early work of the band 'The Shins'. love the haunting vocals of Meadowlarks. I listed 3 times. while working, while doing chores and while going for a run. My appreciation grew.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Superb

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Lovely album, real nice and relaxing.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

When you first see that painting it's very bucolic, but when you look closer there's all this really strange stuff going on, like dudes defecating coins into the river and people on fire, people carving a live sheep, this weird dude who looks like a tree root sitting around with a dog. There's all this really weird stuff going on. I liked that the first impression is that it's just pretty, but then you realize that the scene is this weird chaos. I like that you can't really take it for what it is, that your first impression of it is wrong.[7] Pecknold explained to Mojo how the painting ended up on the front cover: We were trying to figure out what we wanted to do, and my brother had been working out some stuff, when I saw that Bruegel painting in a book my girlfriend had. I liked that it had a really intriguing meaning, like there's a story to each little scene. Which I just felt fitting for that record- dense but unified, not a collage or anything. And I liked its Where's Waldo? quality, that it was something you could look at for a long time on a vinyl sleeve and find new little things. It was very easy to get the museum in Berlin that has it to say yes. They were super excited a band wanted to use it and put it in their newsletter. When you open it up on the inside there's a paisley pattern traced from the back of a book that Skye (Skjelset, lead guitar)'s mum got me. We wanted two very different feelings.[8] The cover claimed the Best Art Vinyl Award 2008, an annual award, organized by Artvinyl.com, a company that manufactures display frames for record albums.[9]

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Very chill indie folk band. Had not listened to them before. Enjoyed.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Vibey sad boi music

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Folk con toques medievales. Muy chulo.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

The sounds of running through a field, sometimes in the rain, sometimes in the sun, and sometimes in the snow. Great sound, definitely a mood album. Because it is a little situational, I don't think I can give it a 5, but a fantastic album nevertheless.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

I’m not sure what it is, but you can tell these guys are American right from the start. The album has an Appalachian feel to it. Good song writing, nice vocals and harmonies and they have an interesting habit of changing direction mid-song, which is brave, since I’m sure the suits at the record companies don’t like surprises. It would have been nice if “Mykonos” made it onto this album, but I think that was released earlier in the same year.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

totalmente hipnotizante

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Its an album I'm familiar with as I listened to it a lot when it came out. Thought it was brilliant then. Listening to it again, its ok a few good songs. Not as special as I thought! 7/10

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

was a fan when it came out and it has a timeless feel so has aged well. Can be samey, but that's fine. 8/10

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Only got halfway thru

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Right on the edge of a 5 for me. “Your Protector” is my favorite.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. S&G style harmonies, great vocals.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

folksy chill road trip music. Beach House without the ennui depression vibes

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Only knew one song prior to listening - great album. Uplifting.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Rauhallisen menevää ja harmonista. Kuunteli mielellään toiseencotteeseen ja osittain vielä kolmanteenkin. Äänimaailmaltaan hyvin tehty ja tuotettu levy. 3+ mutta anteliaasti ylöspäin neloseen, koska sopi loistavasti syksyiseen tiistaiaamuun.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Great album, not exciting but the band aren't exciting.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Heel leuk album. Net geen 5*, maar mogelijk verandert dat als het een paar keer beluisterd is. Het feit dat het één van mijn favoriete schilderijen op de cover heeft, is een pluspunt.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

Conhecia White Winter Hymnal jah (122 milhoes de listens wtf) e Blue Ridge Mountains que sao ambas excelentes. Chillax music.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

A beautiful album. Love the soundscapes and trilling instrumentation. Sounds like something out of a fantasy land Saved: White Winter Hymnal, He Doesn't Know Why, Your Protector

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

I’ve listened to this album many times and it never fails calm, sooth and relax. A great listen, especially during the cold winter months.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Sound

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Abgefahren aber sehr schön!

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

Very chill - love it!

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Liked 👍

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

As pretty as a dandelion blown by the wind on a sunny spring morning

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

I’ve heard various cuts off this album but never listened to it the whole way through before. I enjoyed it. 3.5 overall.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Great for this style of music. 4 stars just cause it's not quite my thing.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Interesting and unusual sound Relaxing 4/5

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Excellent indie album. Fleet foxes has such a unique sound that is melodic and fluid throughout the whole album. 8.6/10

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

me hace sentir como un hada cuando lo escucho

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

Really good modern folk music. There wasn't anything flashy enough for me to be wowed or return to this album often but it's just very solid. 8

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

8/10. Well, I can certainly see how this one was influential. Overall I liked it, it had a nice, peaceful but sorrowful sound to it, and while the album would have been more interesting if it varied from that a bit more, it would have ruined the mood.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

My gateway to Father John Misty.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

A really beautiful album. A surprise for me, for sure.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Ruddy bloody fantasmal

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

This reminded me that I need to listen to more Sufjan Stevens

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

I think this would be fantastic late-night writing music with a glass of scotch and the lights down low.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Beautiful sunset album. Excellent harmonies

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Like it! Quite folky. "Meadowlarks" was one of my favs

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Musically excellent but some dubious lyrics

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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

I like this album. I've never heard of the group or any of the songs.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Nice,I recognise the lead single and lots of the influences. Might come back and listen again in the future.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Enjoyable. They passed me by at the time so i will take more time to listen to more of their work.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Another band I discounted because of hipster love, and even though it is exactly the indiefolk stuff I expected, it I was glad to listen. Reminded me a lot of Local Natives! 3.5 that I'll round up on.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Perfectly pleasant indie folk. A nice listen. Fave track - "White Winter Hymnal" was a fave going in. "Your Protector" caught my ear on this listen through, too...

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

This was very good, I liked it. I knew a few of the songs off here. I would listen to this again.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Rich harmonies and delicate, spacious arrangements - like a folkier, more psychedelic Beach Boys. White Winter Hymnal is particularly good.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Missed this album back in the day, but I quite enjoyed listening to it today. Has a lot of similarities to things I already like and I imagine I’ll be revisiting this a bit.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Lovely bit of folk

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Solid album all through. Not a bad song.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Not normally my kind of music, but I still really enjoyed listening to this.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Lovely - lush, warm Beach Boys style harmonies, charming folk. I'd heard good things, but never got around to listening. Quite wonderful!

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

A bonus point for White Winter Hymnal

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

I actually like this album surprisingly - also perfectly wintry

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Secondo me piacerebbero ad Ale. :) Folk-rock allegro, ma con passione. Trascinante e ben eseguito.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

White winter hymnal the highest of highlights

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Good lil boring like background movie music but I would listen again

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Sounds like my senior year in college

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

There are some great harmonies in this album, reminiscent of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Simple in its musicality, this album is a great listen for relaxing or background music. I think I found a new album to add to my library I also had no idea White Winter Hymnal was their song originally! The Pentatonix cover is great but the concept originated with Fleet Foxes.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

A lot of it sounded the same but at least those similar sounds were nice to listen to. Musically it was very easy on the ears and enjoyable.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

The perfect album for this time of year. Wistful, elegaic and full of beautiful melody and harmonies.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

Nice, atmospheric folk album. Runtime was just right, not too long. Maybe lacked one or two standout songs but still a good album

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

I really enjoyed the sound. It’s amazing. Great acoustic playing, harmonies, vocals and the album as a whole is a perfect length. The one thing holding it back is that there is no song or two to push it up a star as the album remains the same throughout.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

Cool!

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

Mycket vackert album. Rakt upp

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Its a beautiful thing. I had played it too much previously and happy to encounter it again here.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Chill as hell - bit depressing at points

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

The music of Fleet Foxes has a very calming effect on me. It gives me the feeling that everything is going to be alright someday. The rhythm, the harmonies and instrumentation makes this album a go to indie-folk album for me.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Really good indie folk with strong country vibes. Great songwriting!

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