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.

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
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[6]
Mojo 4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 8.4/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Uncut 4/5 stars[10]

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.[1] Heather Phares of AllMusic 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."[2] Writing for 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."[8] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a two-star honorable mention rating and quipped that the album contained the "most intriguing use of roots riffs in an eclectic context nobody comprehends (including them)", citing "Worry Worry" and "Up in the North" as highlights.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed 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



  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Gallowsbird's Bark by The Fiery Furnaces". Metacritic. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Gallowsbird's Bark – The Fiery Furnaces". AllMusic. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Chris (November 2003). "The Fiery Furnaces: Gallowsbird's Bark". Blender (21): 113. Archived from the original on November 3, 2004. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ Hermes, Will (November 21, 2003). "Gallowsbird's Bark". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ Sweeting, Adam (October 17, 2003). "The Fiery Furnaces, Gallowsbird's Bark". The Guardian. London. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ Hochman, Steve (November 30, 2003). "Delightful mixture fuels Furnaces". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat". Mojo (119): 110. October 2003. 
  8. ^ a b Petrusich, Amanda (October 2, 2003). "The Fiery Furnaces: Gallowsbird's Bark". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Fiery Furnaces: Gallowsbird's Bark". Q (209): 124. December 2003. 
  10. ^ "The Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat". Uncut (78): 107. November 2003. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Fiery Furnaces: Gallowsbird's Bark". Retrieved March 19, 2016.