- Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 26 reviews
2011 Rank: #18 / 857
USER SCORE
85
Based on
259 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.

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
EMR
84
Fleet Foxes reach a higher level of artistry in their sophomore record. An album that was highly acclaimed at the time of its release, but shows signs of consistency and quality even now, five years later. Helplessness Blues shows the band finding a balance in their incredibly vivid narrative and the sparse instrumentation that had been a constant in their sound since the beginning of their career. The songwriting is upgraded in comparison to their already bright debut album, but now the sense ... read more
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
100
This album blew me away upon first listen. Beautiful lyrics, and some of the best instrumentation I've ever heard. It's an album that makes me feel small, in a weird sort of comforting way.
Key Tracks: Montezuma, The Plain/ Bitter Dancer, Helplessness Blues, Lorelai
Hat tip to J. Tillman
Tom Simmons
75
Fav Tracks: Sim Sala Bim, The Plains/Bitter Dancer, Helplessness Blues, Battery Kinzie

Least Fav Track: Blue Spotted Tail
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# 18 - Pazz and Jop
# 15 - Pitchfork
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# 3 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 4 - Rolling Stone
# 33 - SPIN
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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
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