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E.P. (10 Tracks) Best of, EP

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 18 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Best of
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0006U3TZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Single Again
2. Here Comes The Summer
3. Evergreen
4. Sing For Me
5. Tropical-Iceland
6. Duffer St. George
7. Smelling Cigarettes
8. Cousin Chris
9. Sweet Spots
10. Sullivan's Social Slub

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Unlike the average b-side collection, the Fiery Furnaces manage to give EP a distinct amount of coherence. I can't imagine listening to any of the first 3 tracks without one another. By the time "Evergreen" is over, the price of admission is well worth it and you've likely got a grin on your face. Matt then takes over the vocals on "Sing For Me," which is a nice little diversion until Eleanor kicks back in --interchanging from here on out-- for the poppy sonic-noise-fest reinterpretation of "Tropical-Iceland," which knocks your head around.
The second half of the album begins with the strange but enjoyable "Duffer St. George," an interesting addition. "Smelling Cigarettes" and "Cousin Chris" are more reminiscent of the quirkier moments on Blueberry Boat. The last two tracks, "Sweet Spots" and "Sullivan's Social Slub" end the collection on a positively wonderful and eclectic note; arguably two of their strongest recordings yet.
2005 is two thirds over and EP is still a strong contender for album of the year, in my mind. Yes, a worthy b-sides collection; the Furnaces are everything music could hope to be in 2005.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT an EP March 3 2005
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The techno-riffic bombast beginning this poorly titled full-length from the Friedbergers leads one to wonder if brother Mathew has completely flipped his switch and orchestrated an otherworldly dance album for the new century, albeit devoid of all grandmotherly involvement, as their next full-length is rumored to be. Exactly 1:06 into "Single Again," however, he's all "Surprise!" and throws his keyboard loving soul at his sister to harp a spiteful tune about dead husbands and unfulfilled pocket change.

Written about extensively in this space since the release of "Blueberry Boat" last year, Mathew and Eleanor refuse to give up precious ink to other well meaning artists, releasing a ten song collection of non-album singles and B-sides (hence the "EP" title- a little too cute). Hitting hard and fast and way too cool for school, this is not your friendly ten minute pirate ship voyages sung in the language of the Eskimo. This is the pop record of the year (although, I wouldn't bet on it or anything).

Oddly straight forward and viciously attentive, these are the tunes that any other band would kill to show off, yet the Furnaces relish them to the netherworld of 7-inchers and the like. The label won't single any of your new tracks, so you go into the studio and come up with this? These are supposed to be leftovers?

"Tropical Ice-Land" is typical eccentric whimsy, a tune about goat heads and Klondike bars in deli's and vending machines in a land with no sun and all glaciers and stray puffins. Throw in a couple backward verses and a jump-happy chorus and you've got yourself a deal.

"When the word of your ward was the sword by your side/ and you dug up the deed in the dump where he died" is typical Friedberger wordsmith on "Cousin Chris." The song also has a bridge that sounds like lazy-day prohibition era ballroom beamed into space and reflected off an alien satellite.

Perhaps their strongest straight up banger yet, however, may be "Evergreen." Pulled along by single note piano and fuzzy synth, Eleanor is a drunk who wipes her tears with her "favorite pine cone" and Mathew throws in his greatest blues solo yet.

The White Stripes comparisons that seemed so comically out of place on "Blueberry Boat" come back again for the chorus from "Duffer St. George." In the midst of a backpacking voyage to Shoreditch, the cymbals come crashing and the guitar goes thrashing- is that Meg on the mike? But, lest you forget who we are dealing with, the dirty blues bang-up only lasts for so long before reverberating away, giving way to a way too happy piano and the return of narrative refrain.

Given the last three outputs from this band, it is difficult to know what to expect when they pull Granny out of church for the next one, but at least expect the same level of genius and more ink space in this publication.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable tour of B-sides with some forgettable tracks May 28 2005
By C. Wynes - Published on
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This album is a collection of B-sides and other tracks that didn't make it onto the Fiery Furnaces' two full-length studio releases. As with nearly every B-side collection in existence, some are worthy and some are not.

The first five tracks are all enjoyable. "Single Again" is lyrically amusing and has a nice electronic groove intro. The next few tracks are actually mixed for this release to fade into each other, which is a nice touch. Track 5, an alternate take of "Tropical Ice-Land", which was a standout on the Furnaces' debut LP, is a great track and makes this disc worth the price for any fan of the band.

Unfortunately, the second half of this disc falters. "Duffer St. George" is a complete dud. The remaining tracks resemble a band in transition between their debut "Gallowsbird's Bark" and the excellent follow-up "Blueberry Boat". Recordings from an intermediate period like this are bound to disappoint, because they can show only flashes of the brilliance that would ultimately be achieved. "Cousin Chris" and "Smelling Cigarettes" are decent enough tracks with some decent enough moments, and some fans will enjoy them, but they don't hold a candle to the consistently enjoyable highlights of the "Blueberry Boat" album.

I am glad I bought this album on, and I do recommend it to all Fiery Furnaces fans. But I would give that endorsement with the reservation that the tracks are hit and miss, that this is obviously not a complete album and doesn't have the vision of one, and therefore some of it these B-sides and rarities are better forgotten. Alas, this is not akin to the Cardigans' "Other Side of the Moon", which presented an endless parade of LP-worthy tracks that bedazzled their fans. But if you are a Fiery Furnaces fan, you will want to buy "EP" for "Single Again" and "Tropical Ice-Land" alone.

Conspicuously missing is the alternate version of "Got Back the Plague", which was the B-side to the single version of "Tropical Ice-Land". It is admittedly a little political, and I don't typically like anti-Bush diatribes, but it's clever and represents an interesting musical reworking of the original version. Its absence on this disc is an unfortunate omission.
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome Once Again Aug. 28 2009
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I'm a total Fiery Furnaces fan. This cd is just as awesome as all of their cds. Thanks, Fiery Furnaces, for bringing your insights & talents into our world.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than an "EP" Feb. 17 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on
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I'm not sure why the Fiery Furnaces call this collection "EP," since it's the length of many full albums. But it shows how talented this new band is that even their odds, ends and leftovers are better than average. This colorful collection has no real flow, but it still ends up being one of the best releases thus far from 2005.

It kicks off with some stiff, dancey electropop, which sounds a bit like Devo at times. But then the tone changes radically, with the entrance of "Here Comes the Summer's" charmingly loopy pop, complete with muffled acoustic guitars, or "Evergreen's" offbeat, slightly jerky rock. It's hard listen to these three without being hungry for more.

What comes after that is not exactly even and flowing. It's very much in the style of their "Blueberry Boat" album, yet all the songs are unlinked. Rollicking rock-pop sits next to enchantingly ethereal pop ditties, and folky tunes sit beside weird art-pop. The finale, "Sullivan Social Club," is a masterful mix of electro swooshes and stately indiepop.

The rapid changes in style are what keep "EP" from being, as Mary Poppins puts it, practically perfect in every way. Were the songs linked, it would have been an absolute masterpiece. As it is, the songs can be taken individually as fun, often catchy indiepop that never sacrifices its complexity and quality for cheap hooks.

What it does do is show off the Fiery Furnaces' wide range of styles. The lines between styles blur in many of these songs, using acoustic guitar, fuzzy piano and electronic swooshes to make rock, pop, dance music and exquisite ballads. And their quirky songwriting gets another stretch, with only a few that skim too close to cutesiness.

Fuzzy piano, ethereal melodies and dancepop all mesh together in this colorful collection, which only proves that the Fiery Furnaces are headed for even greater things. After all, a patchwork "EP" of B-sides and leftovers is one of the best releases so far this year.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another golden collection of songs!!! Nov. 22 2005
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Everything they touch turned to gold!! After two magnificient albuns, a generous EP!! Of course is not a Ep, it's a joke with the album's title...But is a fair price, thank God (they really fooled Rough Trade)!! Starting with the intriguing "Single Again" this is another perfect collection of songs, they're seriously one of the most interesting american bands...I say bands but they're only brother and sister, I should said instead, the greatest american duo today, but unfortunetely people would think about Carpenters or something...
The first five songs on the album are catchy enough to bring joy to your life in the morning!! "Evergreen" is just a breakfast song, staring at the sun over your window. "Sing For Me" (Matthew singing with that charming voice!) is so delightful that seems Mozart (listen the synthesizer at 2min and at the end!!). "Tropical-Iceland" is the recommended summer song!! But the next two, "Duffer St.George" and "Smelling Cigarettes" are elaborated masterpieces that should be listened with double attention, because are full of intricate melodies and constant changing passages. The first is almost a folk theme with toy keyboards, driving inocently to a prog-like atmosphere...And "Smelling Cigarettes" certainly is the central piece of the album, with a beautiful mellotron giving a dramatic middle-section to the song, almost a mini-sonata, there's even a short groovy drum!! Gorgeous!! "Cousin Cris" is part waltz, part moog-driven march and a fantastic inventive song!! "Sweet Spots" is more "electro" (I don't like the word, isn't everything electric today...?) but with more imagination than the most of "wannabe" electronic bands, there's something naive here...Maybe the deliberated use of contrasting things, instruments and references!! The last song on the album, "Sullivan's Social Slub", for instance, brings gloomy keyboard melodies, giving the sensation of a disturbed musical box...
Fiery Furnaces are a real promise to the non-stereotyped music, they're fresh and emotive songwriters with a pop taste, in spite of their angular lyrics!!!
4 stars and a half!!