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Blueberry Boat

Fiery Furnaces Audio CD
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1. QUAY CUR - The Fiery Furnaces
2. STRAIGHT STREET - The Fiery Furnaces
3. BLUEBERRY BOAT - The Fiery Furnaces
4. CHRIS MICHAELS - The Fiery Furnaces
5. PAW PAW TREE - The Fiery Furnaces
6. My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found
7. MASON CITY - The Fiery Furnaces
8. Chief Inspector Blanchfelower
9. SPANIOLATED - The Fiery Furnaces
10. 1917 - The Fiery Furnaces
11. Birdie Brain
12. Turning Round
13. Wolf Notes

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More than twenty different instruments were used in the creation of this album, including the sitar, which was substituted for guitar on some songs. Keyboards, guitars, and drums are the main instruments used. As with all Fiery Furnaces releases, Eleanor Friedberger provides most of the vocals, with her brother Matt adding to a few songs. Matt is considered the main instrumentalist for the band, while both Friedbergers share lyrical duties.

,p>Five songs on the album are more than seven and a half minutes long, with the longest stretching over ten minutes. Many of the songs seem to take the form of two or more parts; if separated into distinct tracks, this LP would contain more than thirty articles of music.

The song "Straight Street" references the biblical "street called straight" in Damascus. "1917" features references to the 1917 World Series, the most recent series that the Chicago White Sox had won at the point this album was released.

The album garnered extremely ecstatic reviews; Pitchfork Media gave it a rating of 9.6 out of 10, calling it "a record for the overgrown part of our brain that craves engrossing complexity". Pitchfork also placed Blueberry Boat at number 145 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.

Label: Rough Trade

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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME COLLAGES OF SOUND..... July 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The last disk that had this kind of impact on me (listening to at least 2wice a day (after purchase no less, i downloaded some 'preview' songs early...) was Neutral Milk Hotel's Aeroplane CD.
Simply put- it's elegant, beautifully-crafted, experimental indie pop that makes you think, dream, and be appreciative of having the sense of sound. Like music and collage lyrics out of some surreal diary, these songs overlap and spill forth in such a way (no one song is decipherable from the entirety of the whole disk) that you listen to the whole 76 minutes in total bliss & wonder. Quay Cur, Mason City, Blueberry Boat, Inspector Blancheflower, all are magnificient and diverse.
They have been compared to Belle & Sebastian, White Stripes, Velvet Underground, Capt. Beefheart, Beach Boys, etc.- but they are a little of all of that and their own thing all at once. One other parallel I can draw is to The Microphones epic CD- The Glow Pt. 2- but this album would be that one, albeit more blippy and on Zoloft- happy & melancholic, simultaneously.
Not a particularly even college-radio friendly series of songs, this is a challenging & special disk that deserves a wider audience.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BELIEVE THE (PITCHFORK) HYPE!!! July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Oh, boy, am I sore about this purchase.
If you are reading this, you've probably read the Pitchfork review and are (hopefully) looking for a second opinion. Well, here it is: this album, for lack of a better word, sucks. If you want to hear crazy, unconventional (but rock-based) compositions played by musicians with talent, recorded competently and featuring the sound of actual interplay among said musicians, don't go barking up this tree. Get you some Secret Chiefs 3, early 70's Zappa, or early 70's Ennio Morricone (right now!); anything but this.
If you're into poorly played and composed, annoying, thrown-together sounding uber-twee jams, get this.
I will say this, though: the drumming (and only the drumming) on the 4th track is pretty rockin' and the song Mason City is decent. If that's worth a purchase, by all means...
P.S.-- One of the other punter-critics claims this is somehow a modern day Beefheart-type joint. That's an insult to Beefheart and every musician he ever played with. Feel free to add a little Beefy to the above list of far superior purchases if you don't have any of his stuff. I'd go with Safe as Milk and Doc at the Radar Station if you want a good start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2004 July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the most ambitious album I have heard in a while. They take chances. It might sound like non-music at first listen. People didn't like Pet Sounds when it came out either. Bands have been copying all the cool bands of the past forever. It's great when a band like Fiery Furnaces go out on a limb and try to do something difficult. There are hardly any singles or pop songs on this record. It's a collection of strange sound meant to be listened all together. It features four or five songs that go over eight minutes. Even those songs change gears in midsong. Instead of having a chorus, the FF's just change the tune. Matt and Eleanor trade more vocals in the songs than the previous album. Live they play these songs ferociously. They play almost all their songs in 45 minutes, sometimes only a minute of one song. It's part of the new progressive music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Indie Rock Tommy July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is simply incredible. It is the first true-to-form indie rock opera, and the songwriting is just insanely original and creative. If you like ambitious indie music, you certainly must pick this up...no question about it...you're unlikely to hear a more complex and ultimately satisfying album all year. Long songs like Chris Michaels and the indominable title track are just epic masterpieces, and remind me in an amazing way of Just A Quick One While He's Away by the Who or even some Pink Floyd concept tracks that are amorphous and constantly revising themselves. Not to mention the lyrics are just wonderful. Buy this album if you want to get something out of your music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of a kind July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is most likely the most ambitious, original, and coolest record to come out this year, and probably of this four year old century. Fans of their first record, Gallowsbird Bark, might be turned off by the electronic elements, the conceptual element, and the length of a few of the tracks, but after a few more listens will love it. All elements of the blues are now gone, but the feeling of it is still there. This is the type of record that Captain Beefheart would have made if he had had the technology. The record is so wonderfully wierd that Beefheart is the only artist I can compare this to. This is recomended to anyone who loves ambitious pop music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Barrett July 15 2004
By R. Meik
Format:Audio CD
Probably the most brilliant and strange album I've ever heard. There are moments on this record that are so genius that I couldn't help but laugh. Laughing not because it was ha, ha, --- but rather "How the hell did you do that?", shocked laughter.
Some may need to listen to it a couple of times. it might feel just a little awkward at first. But I truly don't know a better album to recommend to anyone right now. To see these guys perform live, I would eat pancakes for a month... which is probably what I'm gonna have to do to travel to a venue that they will play in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock the boat
Every now and again, there comes an indie-rock band that really blows the mind. Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead and the Flaming Lips are among those bands -- and now the Fiery... Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2008 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars blueberry boat - pitchforkmedia
Though they made their name on last year's raucous stomper Gallowsbird's Bark, nothing on that album hinted at the pure, riveting ambition of The Fiery Furnaces' second album. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2008 by T. Bigney
5.0 out of 5 stars Quay cur
Every now and again, there comes an indie-rock band that really blows the mind. Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead and the Flaming Lips are among those bands -- and now the Fiery... Read more
Published on March 19 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock the boat
Every now and again, there comes an indie-rock band that really blows the mind. Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead and the Flaming Lips are among those bands -- and now the Fiery... Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2005 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars SEE THEM LIVE
Like many reviewers, I also bought this CD after reading so many positive reviews calling this the best album of the year. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2004 by "scorpiolicious"
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD BAD ALBUM!!!
I read a glowing review of this CD and mistakenly bought it. Needless to say, I was sorely disappointed. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Ronald A.
4.0 out of 5 stars So good it's weird....
Thankful that folks out there are privy to this band's work.
SO smart, inventive and new.
One of the best albums of the year.
Just wait.
Published on July 15 2004 by Genor
5.0 out of 5 stars so so good good
they sound like an antique from the future. something kids at an elementary school bury to later be unearthed by aliens in an attempt to sum up the human race. good stuff. really.
Published on July 15 2004 by Bryan S. Cederberg
5.0 out of 5 stars magical
This is a hard record to describe. It reminds me of a lot of stuff (Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, The Who, Royal Trux if they could pay instruments and sing and weren't obsessed... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by R. dekoch
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