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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Eleanor Friedberger's singing is the worst I've heard this year on a record, a stiff, tonally thin bray that gets on your nerves quickly. It's not like the piercing bark of Shannon Wright, who makes it work on her uptempo songs by virtue of sheer passion. And it's not like Kathleen Edwards' lithe croon, which draws you in with gentle vibrato and superior melodies. Eleanor Friedberger just sounds like your average karaoke non-singer, with no clear sense of phrasing and enunciation, and her vocal incompetence sinks the music, which draws from certain cabaret and showtune traditions and mixes it with folkish instrumentation with a punk edge. The music could have been interesting in a do-it-yourself kind of way, but having to listen to that voice is sheer torture.
Amy Lee of Evanescence has been attacked for having undergone extensive vocal training, allegedly at the insistence of her label. Well, this kind of diligence and artistic shaping is what Eleanor Friedberger needs. And maybe she will cite "punk integrity" and continue on her current path. In which case, count me out.
Most recent customer reviews
One of the more distinctive releases of 2003, "Gallowsbird's Bark" is also one of the best. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Kathy Fennessy
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... Read morePublished on March 4 2004
'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.Published on Feb. 19 2004
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Joshua R. Davis
this band is a lot of fun and quite talented. i saw them live and they gave a great show, playing a bunch of the songs on this album. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004
The Fiery Furnaces have really got something here. Strange, propulsive music with a foxy tomboy lead singer. That is all you need.Published on Jan. 18 2004
this is as quirky, fun, musical, & adventurous as anything i've heard this year...with bits of pretty much every musical style thrown in, from punk to ragtime to blues. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004
A previous reviewer said she couldn't sing, so I went out and bought it. What a brilliant gamble.Published on Dec 21 2003
The comparison to White Stripes is unavoidable for this brother/sister band, but this album is more interesting than a Stripes album- It's more musically diverse and has more... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Tankery