Fleet Foxes - Shore
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Based on 26 reviews
2020 Ratings: #63 / 821
Year End Rank: #16
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2020 Ratings: #41
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Shore is a glorious, life-affirming collection of songs, a move to the centreground that shows his absorbing of musical influences is paying rich dividends. It has ‘future classic’ written all over it.

The vital spark that graced Fleet Foxes' debut is back.
All in all, it’s a beautiful record – and one that bears repeated plays. I’ve been playing it for around 10 days now, mostly on headphones, and it’s still revealing new details with each listen. Pecknold has created another beautiful, immersive world for us to dive into.
Sunny folk-rock that represents a more lighthearted - but equally beautiful - departure for one of the most influential acts of the past decade.
The Young Folks

Shore is an album about the growth of individuals and how we should progress in times of hardship. Each song feels like a warm blanket that rests over you. The way that Fleet Foxes are able to conjure up such emotion, especially given the circumstances surrounding the time we’re in, is a wonder to behold.

God Is in the TV

Shore sees Pecknold return to the territory of his debut record, melding sublime songwriting, soaring harmonies and lyrics of such empathetic warmth and generosity they’d make me puke if anyone else had written them.

Beats Per Minute
Pecknold is putting his anxieties to the side and trying to ignore expectation in favour of just making beautiful, open-hearted music that’s filled with upbeat melodies that sound great on a long drive.
Spectrum Culture

After the dense and solemn Crack-Up, Robin Pecknold returns the Fleet Foxes to their roots with an album just as perceptive and thoughtful as their debut.

On his fourth album, singer-songwriter Robin Pecknold refines and hones Fleet Foxes’ crisp folk-rock sound, crafting another musically adventurous album that is warm and newly full of grace.

Shore doesn’t ask much of us—it merely shines into the room where you’re sitting, bringing in light like early morning sunbeams.

As natural and inviting as the curling of the leaves, ‘Shore’ is Fleet Foxes at their best. A voice of comfort for an atmomised generation, this is less album, and more treasure trove.
Northern Transmissions

Shore is a bright, beguiling and hopeful statement that reflects on what has come before, where we find ourselves and leaves us anticipating the coming changing of the season in the most encouraging way possible.

Rolling Stone

Surprise fourth album combines deeply pleasant vibes with high-flying studio ambition, for an LP about letting go and being thankful for what we’ve got.


‘Shore’ is the more consistent and jubilant sibling of ‘Crack-Up’. Probably, it’s the record Fleet Foxes fans were hoping for after the sheer brilliance of the first two albums.


As a collection, Shore emits a sense of coming through something and arriving anew with the welcome bruises that foster greater understanding and compassion.


Shore is a return to the band's roots, but with a potent acknowledgment that much has changed in the interim — like visiting your hometown and wandering around the streets, taking in all the familiar sights, sounds and smells while pointing out all the differences.

The Observer

Shore is full of richly embroidered gratitude; the play of the seasons and the influence of the elements is ever-present.

Under The Radar

Shore turns out to be both vibrant and vital. Not vital in the essential sense, but filled with humanity at its healthiest—full of voice, sure of foot, aided by friends and strangers.

Record Collector

Shore is an album of gorgeously serene surfaces and supple details, moulded to the tender challenges of its time, with all the loving care required.

The Line of Best Fit
Though it is by no means a flawless album, it is exactly the kind of thing you should be using to set your mind at ease. Fleet Foxes have always been inherently hopeful and thankfully they’ve not lost sight of that, roll on 2021.
Consequence of Sound

On Shore, Fleet Foxes have illuminated the sense of grace that can sometimes be found within certain darknesses, and that has made the listening experience feel both profoundly human and hopeful.

The Needle Drop

While Shore finds Fleet Foxes stumbling on a few risks, the album mostly serves to streamline the band's sound and remind us what made them so special in the first place.

The material as a whole is mellow and gentle on the ears. This is the Pacific Coast, not the boardwalks of New Jersey.
No Ripcord

This latest offering from Fleet Foxes embodies their entire catalog of folksy sounds, seasons it with some jazzy elements, and pares down some bloat (only one track over five minutes).

Loud and Quiet

An album that’s ... quickly stifled each time a redeeming chorus comes around, like the gorgeous descriptions of summer-red cedar in the quiet air (‘Quiet Air/Gioia’), shadowed by self-magnifying mythologies – a bad selfie blocking a beautiful view.


After an unusual year marked by isolation, Fleet Foxes returns to offer you the perfect escape, reminding you how freedom is priceless. Particularly invigorating, touching and brilliant, Shore redefines what real life can be like, bringing you closer to the essentials.

It's no secret that some even expected them to be the messiahs, this group so acclaimed by the media, adored by fans, have managed to build a reputation worthy of their talents. After the departure of the drummer, the band took ... read more


Hopefulness Blues (or, Prelude for the Biggest Release Week for Music in 2020)

Fleet Foxes, one of the most-hailed modern folk bands. They blend a humble folk instrumentation with a varied, more grand output. It’s tough to describe their overall sound, for each record they’ve put out thus far has been sonically challenging to pinpoint. What’s so ironic about that is that their 2020 surprise record “Shore” is the perfect blend of their debut, “Helplessness ... read more


It really does feel like a super chill walk on the beach in the morning while the sun rises and mist disperses slowly.


This album can’t help but be flawed. Not particularly inspired either. Production doesn’t let the vocals have a good platform, and vice versa really. Ruminates on the weakest features of its sound, and let certain vocal performances go unnoticed or be nonchalant. Not just the vocals, but the structures are so so general and not that elastic, yearning drive that their self titled album had.

The vocal flow and melody combination on “Wading In Waist-High Water” isn’t ... read more


Fav tracks: A Long Way Past The Past, Maestranza, I'm Not My Season, Quiet Air / Gioia, Going to the Sun Road
Least fav tracks: first three and last three

I wanted to love this lp as much as the next guy but what can i say, i'm definitely missing something here, feels incomplete.


Wading In Waist-High Water - 10
Sunblind - 10
Can I Believe You - 10
Jara - 10
Featherweight - 10
A Long Way Past The Past - 9
For A Week Or Two - 9
Maestranza - 10
Young Man's Game - 10
I'm Not My Season - 9
Quiet Air / Gioia - 8
Going-To-The-Sun Road - 8
Thymia - 9
Cradling Mother, Cradling Woman - 8.5
Shore - 9
Overall - 9

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Added on: September 20, 2020