Saturday, April 22, 2006

New Fiery Furnaces album

Okay, I was on the fence about buying it, and did so partly to fill out my $25 minimum free delivery from bn.com without losing same-day Manhattan delivery for the Star Wars books one of my kids wanted.

And this same individual scored undeniable points this morning when he heard me playing it and asked: "What exactly do you like about this, Dad?" I threatened him with Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, and that was that.

True as well, the album sounds a lot of the time like the pretentious arty kids in high school trying to make grand philosophical statements.

But it is on the whole enjoyable and often very much so. Albeit not one of those things that would get one through exercising at the health club. (For that, "EP" is the Fiery Furnaces' best bet.)

Also good (and probably on the whole better) first impressions for the Islands' Return to the Sea, this being the first release by former members of the Unicorns.

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