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For other uses, see Furr (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Fur.
Studio album by Blitzen Trapper
Released September 23, 2008
Genre Alternative country
Length 39:05
Label Sub Pop
Blitzen Trapper chronology
Wild Mountain Nation
Black River Killer

Furr, released in 2008, is the fourth album by Blitzen Trapper. The album was listed at #13 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s 50 Best Albums of 2008,[1] and the title track made #4 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s 100 Best Singles of 2008.[2] Music videos were made for the album's two singles, "Furr" and "Black River Killer".

Robin Pecknold of the band Fleet Foxes responded to the track, "Lady On the Water" enthusiastically: "it's a beautiful and woozy folk song. Eric Earley is a supergenius and it's so wonderful to hear folk music that's not just 'folk' because of the quaint acoustic instruments as is sometimes the case these days. I think a proper folk song needs to be instructive and entertaining, in the sense that the melody has its own captivating logic, I think a good folk song is like a machine, all elements perfectly calibrated, and this song is the Large Hadron Collider, smashing things together to get to the bottom of the universe."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Eric Earley.

No. Title Length
1. "Sleepytime in the Western World"   3:30
2. "Gold for Bread"   2:47
3. "Furr"   4:08
4. "God & Suicide"   2:21
5. "Fire & Fast Bullets"   2:51
6. "Saturday Nite"   2:08
7. "Black River Killer"   3:28
8. "Not Your Lover"   2:51
9. "Love U"   3:02
10. "War on Machines"   3:20
11. "Stolen Shoes & A Rifle"   2:46
12. "Echo/Always On/EZ Con"   3:28
13. "Lady on the Water"   2:27

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [4]
Crawdaddy! (Favorable) [5]
Paste Magazine (83/100) [6]
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10) [7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [8]

Critical response to the album was overwhelmingly favorable. Rolling Stone gave Furr four-out-of-five stars and called it "an engaging album full of rootsy beauty."[8] Billboard found it to be "a perfect fall soundtrack rife with woodsy imagery."[9] Entertainment Weekly, in an article recommending what to exchange unwanted Christmas gifts for, said the album was "part harmony-laden tambourine jangle, part British Invasion guitar charm, and fully worth braving brutal return lines at the mall."[10]


  1. ^ No byline (December 25, 2008). "The 50 Best Albums of 2008" at the Wayback Machine (archived April 22, 2009) Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-12-25
  2. ^ No byline (December 25, 2008). "The 100 Best Songs of 2008" at the Wayback Machine (archived May 5, 2009) Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-12-25
  3. ^ Thane, Rich. "XMas Advent". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Monger, James Christopher. Furr at AllMusic
  5. ^ Conklin, Mike (October 1, 2008). Furr, Crawdaddy!
  6. ^ Freedland, Henry (January 7, 2009). Furr, Paste Magazine
  7. ^ Raber, Rebecca (October 29, 2008). Furr, Pitchfork Media
  8. ^ a b Hoard, Christian (October 2, 2008). Furr at the Wayback Machine (archived May 5, 2009), Rolling Stone. (1062):71
  9. ^ Menze, Jill (October 4, 2008), "Furr". Billboard. 120 (40):49
  10. ^ Greenblatt, Leah" (January 9, 2009), "Holiday Gift Swap". Entertainment Weekly., (1029):62-63