Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sacrificing nothing of the album's scope, Pecknold's personal musings over a quietly strummed acoustic within the title track feels less like a proper composition than it does an eloquent collection of his private thoughts: "I was raised up believin' I was somehow unique/ Like a snowflake, distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see/ And now after some thinkin', I'd say I'd rather be a functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me." There is a glaring lack of the most genuine type of songwriting within most music today, and you can hear it all within Fleet Foxes' work. Helplessness Blues encompasses the most endearingly larger-than-life indie sound that just can't be kept quiet, while remaining as personal as possible. Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues is released May 3rd, and can be pre-ordered here.