M&T Best Albums of 2011: #2


#2: Fleet Foxes-Helplessness Blues

The music world had been waiting anxiously for this record to see if the Fleet Foxes could recreate the magic of their self-titled debut album. With Helplessness Blues they did that and then some. From the aggressive finger-picking in the lead track “Montezuma” to the heart-pounding rhythm of “Grown Ocean” this album is a tour de force in all that is good and righteous in alternative music today. The percussive genius that is Joshua Tillman carries each song to beautiful heights and the addition of multi-instrumentalist Morgan Henderson adds diversity to the group’s sound.

The most amazing part of the album is that the core sound evident in Fleet Foxes and even the EP Sun Giant has not been lost. Songs like “Lorelai” and “The Shrine/An Argument” have the intensity that no one has ever heard from the Fleet Foxes while the title track gives us a glimpse into Robin Pecknold’s every wish and desire.

Featured Tracks: “The Shrine/An Argument”, “Grown Ocean”, “Helplessness Blues”

Posted on by Kyle in Best of 2011

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