The Modern Folk Sounds of Fleet Foxes Are Simply Divine

Metroland | December 18, 2008
This reverb-drenched beauty seems to be gunning for the title of coolest record ever to be sold across a Starbucks counter. And I'll give it to 'em -- it's an exquisite recording, full of pristine vocal harmonies and yearning leads, set to a modern-folk backdrop that aligns them with contemporaries like Band of Horses, the Shins, and My Morning Jacket. There’s an if-it-ain't-broke attitude to the compositions here; for all of the quintet's "indie" leanings, there are palpable and necessary ties to the past. Which is to say, this is music that defies time or categorization. Highly recommended.


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