Gallowsbird's Bark

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Gallowsbird's Bark
Gallowsbirds Bark album cover.jpg
Studio album by The Fiery Furnaces
Released September 23, 2003
Recorded Rare Book Room
Genre Indie rock
Length 46:45
Label Rough Trade
Producer Nicolas Vernhes
The Fiery Furnaces chronology
Gallowsbird's Bark
Blueberry Boat

Gallowsbird's Bark is the debut album by The Fiery Furnaces released by Rough Trade Records in 2003.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by The Fiery Furnaces, except where noted.

  1. "South Is Only a Home" – 2:42
  2. "I'm Gonna Run" – 2:24
  3. "Leaky Tunnel" – 3:33
  4. "Up in the North" – 2:21
  5. "Inca Rag/Name Game" – 3:56
  6. "Asthma Attack" – 2:08
  7. "Don't Dance Her Down" (Lyrics adapted from "Big Jim in the Barroom") – 3:17
  8. "Crystal Clear" – 2:10
  9. "Two Fat Feet" – 4:04
  10. "Bow Wow" – 3:47
  11. "Gale Blow" – 2:15
  12. "Worry Worry" – 2:04
  13. "Bright Blue Tie" – 2:06
  14. "Tropical Ice-Land" – 3:30
  15. "Rub-Alcohol Blues" (William E. Myer) – 2:03
  16. "We Got Back the Plague" – 4:14


Additional information[edit]

"Inca Rag"/"Name Game" is actually two songs that blend into each other, this being an indication of the direction the band would take on the following album Blueberry Boat.

"Tropical Ice-Land", "Rub-Alcohol Blues" and "We Got Back the Plague" share the same tempo, are grouped together on the album cover track listing and could for this reason be construed as a three-part song. "Rub Alcohol Blues", credited to William E. Myer is most known for being performed by (and written for) the folk banjo player Dock Boggs.

"Crystal Clear", "Tropical Ice-Land" and "We Got Back the Plague" have all appeared on singles, "Tropical Ice-Land" also appearing on the 2005 compilation EP. These single versions of "Tropical Ice-Land" and "We Got Back the Plague" however differ significantly from the original album versions.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Blender 3/5 stars [2]
Crawdaddy! (favorable) [3]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10) [4]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) [5]

Gallowsbird's Bark received favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 77, which indicates "generally positive reviews," based on 15 reviews.[6] At Allmusic, Heather Phares wrote that despite the songs "Crystal Clear" and "Two Fat Feet" sounding "dizzying and jumbled at first, eventually their gleeful chaos settles into something a little more orderly, but no less mischievous" and she called the album "a fantastic debut album that only gets richer and better with more listens."[1] At Pitchfork Media, Amanda Petrusich described the album as "accessible, but skewed and peculiar enough to keep you peeking nervously over your shoulder every couple of minutes."[4]