Tuesday, February 08, 2005
First CD of the year to go on my year-end best-of list
I have been playing the Fiery Furnaces' "EP" (41 minutes despite the name) pretty regularly since it came out earlier this month. The Fiery Furnaces divide the world into those who wince and those who say, "Okay, I'm done being a nice guy about this: If you don't like Blueberry Boat, I don't like you." Between the precious or precocious twenty-something sensibility, the careening around within and between songs, and the sound that somebody called early Who meets Captain Beefheart plus a chanteuse, they are not for every palate. Then again, Radiohead hasn't done much for me. Some will find "EP" irresistible even if they steered clear of the FFs' first two CDs.