Album Review: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness BluesFriday 6th May, 2011 9:52AM
Immediately as it opens, the nearly three years between this new Fleet Foxes album and their self-titled debut melts away, as if no time has passed at all. That familiarity can distract you from what is actually a gaping chasm between the two releases, manifested by a striking confidence in voice, subtlety and musicianship. But for all its charm, Helplessness Blues still has the ability to test your love for Fleet Foxes. An apparent choice by the band to broaden their palette and scope often makes the album a challenging listen. But the saving grace is that it is imbued with a character that tells us even more about who Fleet Foxes are than their brilliant debut did all that time ago.