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Furr

Blitzen Trapper Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I am indistinguishable from my memories, inseparable from this place I’ve always lived. Songs made of rhymes and these rhymes like maps to the bizarre hinterlands of what we know and love. This is Blitzen Trapper’s seventh record for the books, another bizarre string of tales and touchstones, more beats and banjos by far than anything to date, since, well we figured a straight line ... Read more in Amazon's Blitzen Trapper Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B001CVCBBW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sleepytime In The Western World
2. Gold For Bread
3. Furr
4. God And Suicide
5. Fire And Fast Bullets
6. Saturday Nite
7. Black River Killer
8. Not Your Lover
9. Love U
10. War On Machines
11. Stolen Shoes And A Rifle
12. Echo/Always On/Ez Con
13. Lady On The Water

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Furrtastic!!! 30 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Blitzen Trapper are a rare breed, they are prolific in producing high quality, inventive and catchy songs. Super Furry Animals spring to mind as a band with a similar rate of quality productivity. Following on from 2007's Wild Mountain Nation, there is a more evident influence of American alt-folk and alt-country. This is to be applauded as Eric Earley has penned some of his finest material to date.

This album is consistently brilliant from start to finish, with stand-out tracks being too numerous to mention. My personal favourites include the title-track 'Furr', 'Sleepy time in the western world', 'God + suicide' and the fantastic 'Black River killer', the latter a track that I'm sure Two Gallants wished they had wrote!

If you are a fan of the likes of Fleet Foxes, Grandaddy, Malkmus, Modest Mouse and Throw Me The Statue, you should certainly give this record a listen. If you like it, catch one of Trapper's fantastic live shows and treat yourself to EP3 from the merchandise stand, an EP that contains further cuts of Trapper goodness ('Silver Moon' is amazing!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, great record... 21 Aug 2009
By Da Capo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A friend included track one from this CD on a compilation they made for me at Christmas. Intrigued, I searched out the album. It's not exactly more of the same, but it's just full of interesting and often great tunes. It's quite a varied album, veering from screamy rock to sublime acoustic stuff such as 'lady on the water' and 'furr'.

I would urge anyone and everyone to give this record a listen. It's truly excellent, I bought copies for three of my friends as presents... they all agreed, it's a grower and real treasure, with both immediate pleasures like Gold For Bread, and other stuff that just creeps up on you after about a hundred plays, and then you realise the gorgeous genius of it.

Utterly majestic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cohesive Ecleticism 2 Mar 2009
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Furr is a loving waltz through period Americana with Bob Dylan's shadow cast long across the proceedings. The album starts in light pyschedelia, true RnB and organ rhythms, `Sleepytime in the Western World' immediately recalls Manfred Mann's cover of Dylan's own "Quinn The Eskimo". Title track `Furr' is an exemplary drawl through Dylan's laboured vocal strainings and anecdotal, rhyme-heavy folk. It is a tour de force in simple done well.

The charm Blitzen Trapper evoke early in the album shines resplendently at all corner's of `Furr', showcasing toe-tapping, bluesy rhythms, and harmonica-flecked alt.country. This sunny homage to 60s and 70s Americana recalls fellow partisans Wilco and Ben Kweller, though the sound is always truer to the originals. Neil Young is constantly brought to mind, despite newer sounding number that gently alt.rock their harmonies through the speakers as heard on `Gold For Bread' for example, which also hints at Fleetwood Mac's most bluesy output.

`Fire & Fast Bullets' returns to pyschedlia-tinged garage-rock, `Black River Killer' is pensive plucking of the highest order; `Love U' is awash with pleasing harmonies and `Stolen Shoes & A Rifle' is country, lonesome trail kind of stuff, again hinting at Fleetwood Mac, and Midlake for modern comparison.

Blitzen Trapper have achieved the often difficult, producing an eclectic album that is at the same time cohesive. That glue is a love of Americana and its (bluegrass) roots. All that is missing is a fiddled, hoedown finale and for that we cannot really complain, as there is as much art it knowing when to hold off, as there is in knowing when to hit the (effects) pedal to the metal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blitzen Trapper Furr CD 16 July 2013
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I bought this CD on the strength of hearing one track but I'm sure the rest will become favourites too after a few more "listenings".
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blitzen Blitzkrieg 31 Oct 2008
By Huckleberry69 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Whereas "Wild Mountain Nation" was erratic and thus all over the place musically, "Furr" is the band at it's most stable. Over 13 tracks the band flies through a perfect blend of 60s and 70s throwbacks while always putting their own unique touch on every track. The main influences seem to be 60s and 70s classic rock, notably CSNY and Neil Young with a touch of the Elephant 6 Collective: melodic, organic and always engaging it is easily one of the best albums of 2008. I've had it for two days and haven't taken it out of the rotation...actually, I just keep hitting repeat, which these days is quite the rare occurence for me.

Highly recommended for any indie fans. Enjoy.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a grower, and it's worth it 23 Oct 2008
By N. Leitzke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Wild Mountain Nation" was a great introduction to a potentially great band. If anything brought it down it was the spaces in between highlights. At times they sounded erratic, grasping for a sound and relying more on noise than on foundation, but they created a wonderful work of art. What Blitzen Trapper does on "Furr" is eliminate the erratic in-between moments and stick to what they do best - playing rock that sounds like it came out of the wilderness.

They're the lovechild of the Grateful Dead and the Kinks. My first few listens of "Furr" weren't that impressive, and I was about to give up. Something made me keep listening, and then something just clicked. One of the initial things I noticed about "Furr" was their elimination of the erratic moments from "Wild Mountain Nation" and their increased focus on the strengths, and to an extent that nearly ruined "Furr." It almost felt like a template for success, an equation, something I shy away from, but with a few more listens under my belt I'm absolutely hooked. This is a great record. The title track is beautiful, and Neil Young wishes he could sing "Not Your Lover." Give a band time to grow and figure out what they do well. The proof is in the pudding. "Furr" is delicious. I'm glad they didn't just record "Wild Mountain Nation" again, because that would be boring.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic and smart as hell 30 Oct 2008
By David OBrien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Furr is the successor to the excellent Wild Mountain Nation and in some ways is superior to it. The album opens with Sleepytime In The Western World. This is excellent stuff. The keyboards and vocals are reminiscent of Badfinger at their best. Next up is Gold For Bread - a cornucopia of styles from glam rock to country rock. Sounds like T-Rex, Creedence and Neil Young rolled into one. The song Furr is an acoustic ballad about a man who becomes a werewolf. Very intelligent lyrics. God & Suicide calls to mind Badfinger again. It's one of the strongest songs on the album. Fire & Fast Bullets is fast and frenetic. It has shades of T-Rex and Roxy Music in it as well as Super Furry Animals. Saturday Nite is another Badfinger type of song. Great piano and banjo here. Black River Killer is another intelligent ballad. The subject matter is perfectly described in the title. It's another great tune. Not Your Lover sounds like it belongs on Neil Young's After The Goldrush. I believe that Neil Young himself is on record as saying that he wishes he wrote it. Love U for me is the weakest track on the album. I find it grates on my ears a bit. War On Machines is another classic. It's a mix of glam rock and country. Stolen Shoes & A Rifle is a fantastic country ballad. Echo/Always On/EZ Con - three songs in one all in just over three minutes. It shows how good the band are. Final track Lady On The Water is another good acoustic ballad. Sounds like Jim Croce or even Bob Dylan.

All in all, this is an excellent album. There are no long songs. Each song is different and brilliant in its own way. It's a show of eclecticism that I haven't heard since Super Furry Animals. They should be huge. If they aren't there is no justice.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Fleet Foxes, Wilco, etc... 25 Sep 2008
By W. Sellers - Published on Amazon.com
I'd heard the title track off of NPR's "All Songs Considered", and tracked it down from there. I'd heard of the band, but never heard their songs before a few days ago. Good sound, and purchasing here through Amazon was several bucks cheaper than itunes...

Gotta love a band who writes a wistful rememberance song about a Werewolf. Actually pairs pretty well with Fleet Foxes' White Winter Hymnal (from point of view of foxes)...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portland band taps influences for throwback sound in polished album 1 May 2010
By Scott Schiefelbein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am about to commit what many will consider to be sacrilege - more on that in a moment. Full disclosure - "Furr" is the first Blitzen Trapper album I've heard, so I can't compare to their earlier works. But that cannot keep me from loving this album of thirteen polished, riveting tunes.

There's a tried and true cliche of a music review - the writer has to compare the band to somebody else. And here's the sacrilege: a number of tunes on "Furr" remind me of the Beatles. From the wistful lyrics to the pitch-perfect delivery to the tight arrangements, as each tune popped up my thoughts turned to Lennon, Sir Paul, and the lads. My favorite tune is the title track - a classic poet's tale of growing up and life's simple pleasures that can be tapped when you are true to your nature. Which sums up my take on this band and this album. Check it out.

Only time will tell if this album deserves five-star status - I try to hold out on that level of rave review if I find that the album is one that keeps appearing in the CD changer for a long period of time (Paul Simon's "Graceland," the Pogues "Rum, Sodomy and the Lash," anything by The Mavericks, etc.). So I reserve the right to reserve and amend this rating, and I think there's a good chance that I will.
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