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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