Staff Picks: Music

Spotlight on a Sister

For a music fan, having the opportunity to sample a record prior to purchasing it, is a great way to avoid having to sift your way through the array of online and print review sources and getting straight to the tunes. NPR now allows its listeners to listen to full album recordings prior to it’s official release. Eleanor Friedberger is one half of the brother/sister band The Fiery Furnaces, a band that better than most, bridges pop music with less than conventional experimentation to form an original sound that is truly their own (imagine if The Carpenters were a lot more weird).

This summer, Eleanor releases a solo album and it really hits the mark with strong lyrics, singing and songwriting. The record is titled Last Summer (soon to be at your KPL!) and stand out tracks include the sugary, sweet Heaven, the psych pop of Inn of the Seventh Ray and the driving opener My Mistakes, which feels like a summer anthem.

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Friedberger has certainly stepped into a new light with this summer solstice of an album. I think My Mistakes, with its unabashed self examination, inviting life's opportunities to recreate some part of one's self, best encapsulates Last Summer's sun-speckled vantage point. Won't Fall Apart on You Tonight, is another example of hope trumping helplessness: an upbeat oath to someone you've let down. Roosevelt Island and Owl's Head Park are downbeat by comparison to the rest of the album, but in all the rambling and reeling of Friedberger's indulgent lyrics, amidst a screwy-funk beat and slow-soul atmosphere, they capture adventurous summer times that can't help but make you feel wonderful and wistful. Most surprisingly, the unpretentious, "whatever will be will be" overtone of this album isn't in competition with musical trickery. Friedberger has treated her solo effort with more subtle musicianship than you'd expect from the female half of the Fiery Furnaces. For this album we don't have to "imagine the Carpenters if they were a lot more weird." Swell pick.
i like this song
Yep! Music at its best! Hands down for Eleanor!!

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