- Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 26 reviews
2011 Rank: #18 / 869
USER SCORE
85
Based on
303 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

94
Beats Per Minute

Fleet Foxes have become a band who will not stop pushing, who will challenge themselves to avoid stagnancy, who will work with both their instruments and their minds.

90
musicOMH

Helplnessness Blues is not a reinvention, but rather a refinement.

90
No Ripcord

Helplessness Blues is a cosmic, bombastic record, undaunted and ready to expose itself on every corner with a whole lot of heart.

90
Consequence of Sound

It’s an album that makes you sad that it’s not longer; sad that it can’t just go on forever.

88
Pitchfork

The record showcases the band's expanded range and successful risk-taking, while retaining what so many people fell in love with about the group in the first place.

80
Drowned in Sound

It’s a richer, more diverse sound than their self-titled LP or the Sun Giant EP.

80
PopMatters

This is a dynamic record that improves on the band’s already impressive accomplishments in every way.

40
NME

Fleet Foxes suck. They’re the soy-latte house band of Starbucks.

JFulfy
93
Use of instruments is unbelievable. Brings a form of shrinkage to the glorious capacity of our world. I love this music, and the use of the instruments.

Fav Tracks; The Cascades, Blue Spotted Tail, Grown Ocean
SiberianBreaks
89
Fleet Foxes improve in every way compared to their debut. The themes here are more romantic and relatable. The production is grandiose and beautiful. They're still sticking to their harmony-rich folk style, but I also notice some prog moments here as if it was Jethro Tull. It's not a huge change in direction for them, but they've successfully pulled through with an album that's way more diverse and memorable.

Favourite tracks: Helplessness Blues, The Shrine / An Argument, Blue Spotted Tail
austincrane235
93
Best Track: Montezuma, Bedouin Dress, Sim Bala Bim, Helplessness Blues, Someone You'd Admire, The Shrine/An Argument, Blue Spotted Tail, or Grown Ocean
Worst Track: The Plains/Bitter Dancer
Most Overrated Track: n/a
Most Underrated Track: Battery Kinzie
zaxapitsa
30
Tasteful production hides poor songwriting, uninspired, empty medievalish folk that uses all the oldest tricks in the book aiming for some quick recognition that I absolutely don't share. A better version of Bon Iver, but that's not saying much.
88
It's hard to release a sophomore album when your debut is basically perfect, but Fleet Foxes pull it off with flying colors by expanding their sound and experimenting, but still within the context of their original style. Not a weak song in the bunch, and while the long ones require a patient listener, they certainly reward one as well. Excellent indie folk album.
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 18 - Amazon
# 21 - American Songwriter
# 18 - BBC
# 13 - Bigger Than The Sound
# 13 - Clash
# 14 - Consequence of Sound
# 28 - DIY
# 3 - FILTER
# 3 - MOJO
# 4 - No Ripcord
# 28 - Obscure Sound
# 3 - One Thirty BPM
# 2 - Paste
# 18 - Pazz and Jop
# 15 - Pitchfork
# 1 - PopMatters
# 20 - Prefix
# 3 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 4 - Rolling Stone
# 33 - SPIN
# 31 - Stereogum
# 27 - The Fly
# 20 - The Guardian
# 12 - Uncut
# 4 - Under the Radar
# 6 - Urban Outfitters
Track List
  1. Montezuma 
  2. Bedouin Dress 
  3. Sim Sala Bim 
  4. Battery Kinzie 
  5. The Plains/Bitter Dancer 
  6. Helplessness Blues 
  7. The Cascades 
  8. Lorelai 
  9. Someone You'd Admire 
  10. The Shrine/An Argument 
  11. Blue Spotted Tail 
  12. Grown Ocean