ARTIST: The Fiery Furnaces
TITLE: Blueberry Boat
YEAR RELEASED: 2004
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only on weirdo college radio
LINEUP: Eleanor Friedberger, Matthew Friedberger, David Muller, Samara Lubelski
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Tuneful weirdness from the brother-sister duo.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: For their second album, the Friedbergers decide that they weren’t weird enough, and so they play with instruments, tempos, dramatic changes, and long suites instead of short songs.
It is a success, though some tracks don’t work because it’s just too much going on all at once that contradict with each other. Also, five cuts time out at 7:52 or more – though the songs to me don’t seem that long those without patience may not dig it.
All in all, I like it. I’m not afraid of this weird – since it seems very song-based and contextual.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The song “1917” makes a reference to the year the White Sox last won the World Series when this was recorded. The next year, the White Sox WON the World Series. Coincidence?
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Nope.
GRADE: B+-: You may like it. You may love it. I think it’s really good for the most part, but they needed to edit a smidge.