Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Critic Score
Based on 37 reviews
2011 Ratings: #24 / 1005
Year End Rank: #5
User Score
2011 Ratings: #3
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Wide-eyed self-searching is this record’s predominant mode, which Fleet Foxes do both lyrically and sonically, reveling in the process of discovery.

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.

90
The Needle Drop

On Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes improve just about everything that they were doing on their last album.

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
AllMusic

It's the music that stands out, and the band's acoustic folk/chamber pop combo makes every song sound like a grand tribute to back-to-the-land living.

80
PopMatters

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

80
Under The Radar

Far from that folksy, laid-back image, Helplessness Blues confirms Fleet Foxes' place as one of the most exacting, creative, and straight-up best bands making music in 2011.

70
DIY

This is more than just a supremely strong follow-up.

40
NME

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

BradTasteMusic
93

Your ears will be very appreciative of you if you let them hear this album

RakkSmells
98

I guess I've never seemed like the biggest fan of folk music. Like, wow cool, a bunch of guys play guitars while a squeaky guy gets existential. But the first time I heard this jesus christ I was converted this shit is brilliant.

HOLY CRAP. Helplessness Blues has to be the best folk album I've ever heard. It isn't much different to a lot of folk music I've heard but the spirit of the album, the lyrics, the sound, the melodies, the vocals, they're also just so brilliant and beautiful. The ... read more

WildChameleon
94

Fleet Foxes is one of the bands that defines my taste for indie music, specially indie folk. I relisten (again !) the entire discography but I really want to talk about HB.

HB is one of the few albums that are impossible to replicate in live version. Go check the lives, some get close to the original material but it's not at the same levels anytime. One of the main reason is that there are SO much micro-arrangements and instrumentations. The perfectionism behaviour of the leader even leaded to ... read more

rubyjakewillton
97

its illegal to hate this album

rapscorer321
90

Losing control and trying to accept it

sypher
77

cottage core-core

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