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Blueberry Boat

Fiery Furnaces Audio CD
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3. BLUEBERRY BOAT - The Fiery Furnaces
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6. My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found
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8. Chief Inspector Blanchfelower
9. SPANIOLATED - The Fiery Furnaces
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11. Birdie Brain
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock the boat Feb. 19 2005
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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 Furnaces join their ranks, with the rock opera "Blueberry Boat." Sprawling, quirky and musically epic, this is undoubtedly an indie classic in the making.

Piano and sputtering keyboards open the enormous intro song -- it's ten minutes long, no kidding. Then Eleanor Friedburger's sweet, singsong vocals kick in, singing a sprawling pop song. It sounds like a child's nursery rhyme on acid, full of deceptively simple rhythms, sparkling melodies and Inuit words tossed into the mix. A sugnacoon, by the way, is a coat.

That ten-minute opener also gives an idea of what the band is all about -- strange ideas, set into stories against a backdrop of indierock. Echoing guitars and swirling keyboards fill up the gaps between their story-songs, which focus on everything from a religious dog in the fuzzy organ-pop "My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found," to doing legal work in guitar-heavy "Mason City."

If you want to get technical, nothing here makes sense. But like Neutral Milk Hotel, it makes sense if you ignore all your musical senses, and just listen to it by itself. The wild stylistic changes in the middle of songs, the nonsensical lyrics, and the mix of acoustic and keyboard seem like a trio of death knells for this album. Instead, they add to the magic and whimsy of it.

At first glance, the songs seem incomprehensible. Or worse, absurd. But just keep listening -- sooner or later it clicks, and the unique writing of each song shines out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock the boat Feb. 1 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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 Furnaces join their ranks, with the rock opera "Blueberry Boat." Sprawling, quirky and musically epic, this is undoubtedly an indie classic in the making.

Piano and sputtering keyboards open the enormous intro song -- it's ten minutes long, no kidding. Then Eleanor Friedburger's sweet, singsong vocals kick in, singing a sprawling pop song. It sounds like a child's nursery rhyme on acid, full of deceptively simple rhythms, sparkling melodies and Inuit words tossed into the mix. A sugnacoon, by the way, is a coat.

That ten-minute opener also gives an idea of what the band is all about -- strange ideas, set into stories against a backdrop of indierock. Echoing guitars and swirling keyboards fill up the gaps between their story-songs, which focus on everything from a religious dog in the fuzzy organ-pop "My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found," to doing legal work in guitar-heavy "Mason City."

If you want to get technical, nothing here makes sense. But like Neutral Milk Hotel, it makes sense if you ignore all your musical senses, and just listen to it by itself. The wild stylistic changes in the middle of songs, the nonsensical lyrics, and the mix of acoustic and keyboard seem like a trio of death knells for this album. Instead, they add to the magic and whimsy of it.

At first glance, the songs seem incomprehensible. Or worse, absurd. But just keep listening -- sooner or later it clicks, and the unique writing of each song shines out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars blueberry boat - pitchforkmedia Jan. 18 2008
Format:Audio CD
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. Blueberry Boat is, without question, one of indie rock's most ambitious statements in years: A sprawling, 76-minute behemoth reeling with labyrinthine pop songs, barnburning rockers and haunted balladry-- often all within the span of just a few minutes. The Fiery Furnaces emerge here as true pop auteurs, acknowledging the influence of The Who's rock suites, and integrating a half-dozen seemingly separate ideas into each track in ways that make every piece feel epic. Unequivocally, one of the year's best releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quay cur March 19 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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 Furnaces join their ranks, with the rock opera "Blueberry Boat." Sprawling, quirky and musically epic, this is undoubtedly an indie classic in the making.

Piano and sputtering keyboards open the enormous intro song -- it's ten minutes long, no kidding. Then Eleanor Friedburger's sweet, singsong vocals kick in, singing a sprawling pop song. It sounds like a child's nursery rhyme on acid, full of deceptively simple rhythms, sparkling melodies and Inuit words tossed into the mix. A sugnacoon, by the way, is a coat.

That ten-minute opener also gives an idea of what the band is all about -- strange ideas, set into stories against a backdrop of indierock. Echoing guitars and swirling keyboards fill up the gaps between their story-songs, which focus on everything from a religious dog in the fuzzy organ-pop "My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found," to doing legal work in guitar-heavy "Mason City."

If you want to get technical, nothing here makes sense. But like Neutral Milk Hotel, it makes sense if you ignore all your musical senses, and just listen to it by itself. The wild stylistic changes in the middle of songs, the nonsensical lyrics, and the mix of acoustic and keyboard seem like a trio of death knells for this album. Instead, they add to the magic and whimsy of it.

At first glance, the songs seem incomprehensible. Or worse, absurd. But just keep listening -- sooner or later it clicks, and the unique writing of each song shines out.
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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. 24 2004 by "scorpiolicious"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 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 more
Published on July 19 2004 by alexander laurence
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME COLLAGES OF SOUND.....
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 more
Published on July 18 2004
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 16 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 16 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Indie Rock Tommy
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 more
Published on July 15 2004 by "hjk00303"
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Barrett
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. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by R. Meik
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