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Gallowsbirds Bark


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 23 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000CABDC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. SOUTH IS ONLY A HOME
2. I'M GONNA RUN
3. LEAKY TUNNEL
4. UP IN THE NORTH
5. INCA RAG / NAME GAME
6. ASTHMA ATTACK
7. DON'T DANCE HER DOWN
8. CRYSTAL CLEAR
9. TWO FAT FEET
10. BOW WOW
11. GALE BLOW
12. WORRY WORRY
13. BRIGHT BLUE TIE
14. TROPICAL ICE-LAN
15. RUB-ALCOHOL BLUES
16. WE GOT BACK THE PLAGUE

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By Music Addict on Dec 7 2003
Format: Audio CD
And I will in turn try to save you a few hard earned bucks. Bratiness is a long revered element of rock, but when unsupported by the ability to play, sing, or write songs, it falls short. Critics love this stuff, but they get it free. Unless you find yelping fun, pass.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 27 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Fiery Furnaces seem to be the new king (and queen) of enigmatic, larger-than-life indie rock. While their second album was the one that got things moving, their debut "Gallowsbird's Bark" gained them a reputation for rich music and strange, dreamy writing.

Siblings Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger open things with the jangly, cascading pop of "South Is Only A Home" -- it's a fun little tune, but a bit chaotic-sounding. It's only in the third song, "Leaky Tunnel," that the album kicks into high gear, with banjo and electric guitar, overlaid with sparkling piano and rapid-fire percussion. Then you know that these two are something special.

Dipping into alt-country in places, the Furnaces mostly focus on trippy rock songs and catchy oddball pop songs. There's an out-and-out rocker in "Asthma Attack," a sprawling experimental stretch in "Crystal Clear," and they even try a bluesy acoustic song in "Bright Blue Tie," which only has a few flickery synth bits in the background.

Sparkly, tinkly piano, folky, dreamy, trippy, rock'n'roll and psychedelic music-hall. Those are only a few of the things that come to mind when listening to "Gallowsbird's Park." There's something oddly childlike and dreamy about this music, despite songs about how "if men and wine don't kill me." Perhaps it's the fact that their music has so many facets.

The sole problem seems to be, oddly enough, restraint. The Fiery Furnaces are not now known for their musical restraint, but in this album they seem to be damming up their larger-than-life talents. But even dammed-up, their catchy, complex blend of guitar rock, banjo, and rippling piano is intoxicating, as is the oddball additions.
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By Kathy Fennessy on July 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of the more distinctive releases of 2003, "Gallowsbird's Bark" is also one of the best. Sure, Brooklyn-based brother and sister duo Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger tend to ramble a bit, but they've got charm and attitude to spare. It helps to smooth over some of the rough edges, like a tendency towards the cute and the quirky. A few of the similarly offbeat bands they bring to mind include LiLiPUT, Royal Trux, and Quasi. There's some tinkly Kinks-style musical hall here, Stones-y slide guitar blues there, and lovely lo-fi garage-pop everywhere. I've never heard anything quite like it before.
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By A Customer on March 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
That's what I thought when I bought this record on a friend's say-so. This may be useful to those of you over 40, or to those under-40 types who are familiar with the first wave of punk.
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By A Customer on Feb. 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
'Gallowsbird Bark' is amazing. I love every song on this cd. I suuurre wish they would have a concert in the U.S.A. I'll be waiting. Buy this cd. Its incredible.
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The Fiery Furnaces. I love the band name, I love the debut album. At the risk of sounding like an imbecile I am going to try and do the impossible and describe how this album sounds. If Tom Waits had a sister that he played music with they probabaly would have recorded an album that sounds like "Gallowsbird's Bark". People love to categorize things, well, categorize this!!There was this word that about thirteen years ago that was incorrectly used to describe just about every freaking band under the sun. Your remember the word? It was alternative.(The grammys still use this word which is further proof that they exist somewhere around the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.) Anyway, if you want to use that word, then use it here. "Gallowsbird.." is a cacophony of melodies, rhythms, and odd noises that somehow manages to be quite catchy at times, and brilliant at others. Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger make up the Furnaces. They are a brother/sister duo, and you have to believe that therein lies the secret to there ridiculously unique sound. It's probably been a product of years of experimentation. They use a number of combinations of instruments and influences to create some very unique and challenging music. I've listened to the album four times, and it gets better eevry time I hear it. The album hits it's stride on the terrific "Up in the North", which is catchier than bird flu. The track features some great piano, and is carried by Eleanor's distinctive vocals. It is impossible to dislike this song. The funky "Asthma Attack" is similarly infectious. The guitar and bass are stellar on "Asthma", which they are throughout the album. "Don't Dance her Down" is more of a traditional rock song (at least for these two it is) but just as good.Read more ›
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Had no idea where this band was coming from when I saw them open for Ted Leo the other night. Honestly it's been a while since a band ( unknown to me) has knocked me off my feet. The record is just as fun. I would describe it as a version of the Raincoats covering Os Mutantes. Or somewhere in-between. ...
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