Furr

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Furr
Furr.jpg
Studio album by Blitzen Trapper
Released September 23, 2008
Genre Alternative country
Length 39:05
Label Sub Pop
Blitzen Trapper chronology
Wild Mountain Nation
(2007)Wild Mountain Nation2007
Furr
(2008)
Black River Killer
(2009)Black River Killer2009

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.TitleLength
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
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [5]
Crawdaddy!(Favorable) [6]
Paste Magazine(83/100) [7]
Pitchfork Media(8.5/10) [8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [9]

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."[9] Billboard found it to be "a perfect fall soundtrack rife with woodsy imagery."[10] 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."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ No byline (December 25, 2008). ""The 50 Best Albums of 2008"". Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2015-05-31.  Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-12-25
  2. ^ No byline (December 25, 2008). ""The 100 Best Songs of 2008"". Archived from the original on May 5, 2009. Retrieved 2015-05-30.  Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-12-25
  3. ^ Thane, Rich. "XMas Advent". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/furr/blitzen-trapper
  5. ^ Monger, James Christopher. Furr at AllMusic
  6. ^ Conklin, Mike (October 1, 2008). Furr, Crawdaddy!
  7. ^ Freedland, Henry (January 7, 2009). Furr, Paste Magazine
  8. ^ Raber, Rebecca (October 29, 2008). Furr, Pitchfork Media
  9. ^ a b Hoard, Christian (October 2, 2008). "Furr". Archived from the original on May 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-31. , Rolling Stone. (1062):71
  10. ^ Menze, Jill (October 4, 2008), "Furr". Billboard. 120 (40):49
  11. ^ Greenblatt, Leah" (January 9, 2009), "Holiday Gift Swap". Entertainment Weekly., (1029):62-63