|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|
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
Like many reviewers, I also bought this CD after reading so many positive reviews calling this the best album of the year. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2004
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... Read morePublished on July 18 2004
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. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by alexander laurence
I read a glowing review of this CD and mistakenly bought it. Needless to say, I was sorely disappointed. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Ronald A.
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.
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
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 morePublished on July 15 2004 by R. dekoch
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. Read more
This album is simply incredible. It is the first true-to-form indie rock opera, and the songwriting is just insanely original and creative. Read morePublished on July 15 2004