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"very few [songwriters] are writing with half the precision, wit, and cool poise that Friedberger displays here" —Pitchfork

"Personal Record is supreme, whipsmart songwriting from a woman at the top of her game." —MOJO

"the epitome of subtle, un-showy cool." —NPR Music

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  • Audio CD (10 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Merge / City Slang
  • ASIN: B0050I2OB0
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Mistakes
2. Inn of the Seventh Ray
3. Heaven
4. Scenes from Bensonhurst
5. Roosevelt Island
6. Glitter Gold Year
7. One - Month Marathon
8. I Won't Fall Apart on You Tonight
9. Owl's Head Park
10. Early Earthquake

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Last Summer is the debut solo album from Eleanor Friedberger, one half of critically acclaimed eclectic U.S. indie duo the Fiery Furnaces. The album is released on Merge Records (Magnetics Fields, Arcade Fire, She & Him) and features the song "My Mistake".

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Eleanor Friedberger is one half of American band The Fiery
Furnaces but she has ditched her brother Matthew for a while to
show us what she is made of with her solo debut 'Last Summer'.

It's a good show!

Ms Friedberger belongs to the Kookie-School of female singer/
songwriters (Martha Wainwright, Anna Calvi, Joan Wasser and
Florence Welch are other notable graduates) but she does seem to
have brought something to the table which is distinctly her own.

She has a plain voice but it is a good voice and when tweaked and
twisted in the name of her muse (as in the spooky interlude at the heart
of 'Scenes From Bensonhurst') it can sound positively otherworldly.

There are ten songs in the set. The arrangements are workmanlike.
Acoustic guitar, bass, keys, drums and subtle electronics. The style
is substantially a beguiling indie-folksy mixture with the odd
(very odd) incursion into funk/rock territory ('Roosevelt Island').

Things are at their best when stripped down to nearly nothing.
'One-Month Marathon' is a particularly strong example of her
ability to spin strange sonic webs out of thin air (the briefly-heard
swooping guitar accents are an especially quirky invention) but even
when Ms Friedberger rocks-out (as she sort-of does on the splendid
'I Won't Fall Apart On You Tonight') the effect is curiously angular
and discombobulating. Nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems.

For my money, however, 'Owl's Head Park' is the very best of the bunch.
A powerful composition, whose staccato rhythm and surreal lyrical imagery
frames Ms Friedberger's most raw and emotionally engaged vocal performance.

Don't wait until next summer - listen to 'Last Summer' this summer.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Skala on 31 July 2013
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I came to LAST SUMMER after having bought PERSONAL RECORD. I became so entranced with Eleanor Friedberger's post-Fiery Furnace musical liberation that I just had to buy her first solo album. This musical liberation takes the paradoxical form of abandoning melodic hyperactivity as practiced by the Fiery Furnaces (chaotic, to my ears ...)in favour of a more restrained, traditional approach to song-craft. What I like about LAST SUMMER is all in evidence on the very first track, My Mistake. This starts with a simple but propulsive guitar and then kicks-in shortly with bass and drums. It's both highly emotive and rhythmic and leads one inexorably towards a feeling of elation. It's an old, old arranging trick; but she carries it off with ease and even allows the device to sound fresh because her voice is so uniquely engaging. And oh how I love her voice! In common with some of the greatest, most vital vocalists, Eleanor is technically not a crowd-pleasing singer. She's no Mariah Carey (thank god). Her range is limited. But her phrasing and subtle shadings are more than a compensation for lack of technical skill. She's from the Lou Reed School of Singing via Chrissie Hynde. Other stand-out track? For me it would have to be the off-kilter funk of Roosevelt Island. But picking out favourite tracks isn't the point. The album as a whole offers aural pleasures all along the ride. Buy it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BS on parade on 7 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD
This review comes from an internet game. You buy an album you've never heard of from a shop. Then you write your impression of it before and after listening to it for the first time.

---BEFORE LISTENING TO IT---

WHY DID YOU SELECT THIS ONE? Most importantly the song titles are very evocative.

"My Mistakes"
"Inn of the Seventh Ray"
"Heaven"
"Scenes from Bensonhurst"
"Roosevelt Island"
"Glitter Gold Year"
"One-Month Marathon"
"I Won't Fall Apart on You Tonight"
"Owl's Head Park"
"Early Earthquake"

I assumed the pretty girl on the cover has a voice to match. Also I'm assuming she's a member of a notable all girl rock group who has made her first solo album. I expect something a bit like The Plastiscines (French girl rock group).

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER? It's nice. Nothing remarkable. A simple, tightly framed black and white headshot of a pretty woman with a slightly 60s looking pageboy bowl fringe (I know nothing about hair and I might be describing it totally wrong). The vibe is very 60s French sex siren with the voice of an angel. Her name sounds more German so she's probably not French. There is a silver sticker on the front, but the price tag covers most of it. I guess the words underneath are 'The first solo album by [the singer of [name of a famous band?]].' Then in the middle it says, 'The F...' before the tag covers it up It's all very intriguing. The back cover has her standing by a brick wall in a leather jacket posing with a guitar. There's something about the photo that looks a bit cheap and low budget.

WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC ARE YOU REALISTICALLY EXPECTING? 60s girl group music in a 70s rock music style.

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hill on 6 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
Nowadays I tend to buy music after reading an informative review or hearing a tasty track, either of which suggests i might like to hear more. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I can't recall what precipitated the buying of this CD but unfortunately it falls into the latter category.
Eleanor looks like a rocker on the artwork with her leathers and stratocaster (?) guitar (a Joan Jett lookalike) but the album actually falls into more singer-songwriter/storytelling territory along the lines of perhaps Ani Difranco.
It opens well with the catchy "my mistakes" but after this good start it becomes more quirky and just tries to be too clever for it's own good.
Most of the remaining songs are partly spoken/sung with fairly surreal lyrics and most importantly are lacking in melody. Apart from "i won't fall apart on you tonight", which is a bit bouncier, most of the other songs are just, at best, fairly average but alas there are some dreadful ones too, namely "Inn of the seventh ray" with an awful tacky echo on the word "ray", some terrible Level 42 style bass playing on "roosevelt island" and the just plain bad "glitter gold year" & "owl's head park".
Probably worth 3 stars if you like your music "arty" but for me just too weird.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer 9 Sep 2011
By Rudolph Klapper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If there were a simple way to describe brother-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces, it would be something between quirky and dense. 2005's EP was a collection of singles that they followed with a concept album of their grandmother narrating stories in her life the very same year. I'm Going Away, their relatively uncomplicated last record, was quickly followed by an entire album of each sibling re-recording six songs from I'm Going Away, for an entirely superfluous "Friedbergers covering Friedbergers" experience. The more visible half of the Furnaces' first solo album even comes with a somewhat gimmicky back story: Eleanor recorded all ten tracks in the summer of 2010, then put the tapes in storage for release this July. Unnecessary? Without a doubt, but Last Summer tends to lean more towards the "quirky" end of the spectrum; a frothy blend of Furnaces-esque pop and straightforward `70s singer-songwriter sunshine, the perfect yet disposable album for your next beach trip. Preferably with your Ray Bans and V-neck t-shirts comfortably prepped.

If one were to describe Last Summer as "a Fiery Furnaces album without Matt," it wouldn't be too far off the mark. Most of that, however, is purely Eleanor's fault - the highlight of the Furnaces' live show with her tongue-twisting lyrics and distinctive accent, her personality dominates Last Summer, as it should. Friedberger has an uncanny way with words, playing around with erratic turns of meter and rhyme to fit in her verbose tales of Brooklyn explorations and Los Angeles meeting spots. It makes me wonder what a Fiery Furnaces rap album would sound like, given Eleanor's ability to squeeze every last syllable out of a verse. Last Summer is a travel album, and thanks to Friedberger's talents it's an evocative one. The trippy "Inn of the Seventh Ray" chronicles a relationship via a Topanga canyon hotspot, while songs like "Scenes from Bensonhurst" and the funky "Roosevelt Island" paint a wide-eyed lover's view of New York City as seen from the outside. There's nothing overly glamorous about it, though; Friedberger's L.A. and New York are placid and hazy backgrounds to her (rather standard) relationship tropes.

It comes together, then, as decidedly more low-key than any Fiery Furnaces album and with an effortless, almost lazy summer vibe. Last Summer is certainly a relaxing album, but to call it boring would be off the mark. From "Inn of the Seventh Ray" and its trippy vocal echoes to the sugary synthpop of "My Mistakes," Last Summer mimics shades of Fiery Furnaces albums old and new, particularly in the twisted structure and meandering horns of "Owl's Head Park." Friedberger has a more polished touchstone in mind for much of the rest of the record, however; the heavy piano chords of "I Won't Fall Apart on You Tonight" and the revved-up acoustic strums on closer "Early Earthquake" call up Fleetwood Mac and sunny SoCal rock with nary a cocaine tray in sight. The lovely "One-Month Marathon," meanwhile, is all Friedberger, gentle chords and whispery drums highlighting a nostalgic look back at love. In any other album it would stick out like a sore thumb, the requisite "acoustic ballad," but with Friedberger it's just an accepted change of pace, one that readily adds another dimension to Last Summer's sound without sounding contrived. That never knowing what to expect is just what clearly differentiates Friedberger from your average solo project and Last Summer from your regular Starbucks counter fare. It straddles that difficult line between accessible and adventurous, making for a fine stopgap between Fiery Furnaces records and an excellent summer album regardless of the year.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A traditionalist hiding within the outer skin of an iconoclast 6 Aug 2013
By C. Skala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I came to LAST SUMMER after having bought PERSONAL RECORD. I became so entranced with Eleanor Friedberger's post-Fiery Furnace musical liberation that I just had to buy her first solo album. This musical liberation takes the paradoxical form of abandoning melodic hyperactivity as practiced by the Fiery Furnaces (chaotic, to my ears ...)in favour of a more restrained, traditional approach to song-craft. What I like about LAST SUMMER is all in evidence on the very first track, My Mistake. This starts with a simple but propulsive guitar and then kicks-in shortly with bass and drums. It's both highly emotive and rhythmic and leads one inexorably towards a feeling of elation. It's an old, old arranging trick; but she carries it off with ease and even allows the device to sound fresh because her voice is so uniquely engaging. And oh how I love her voice! In common with some of the greatest, most vital vocalists, Eleanor is technically not a crowd-pleasing singer. She's no Mariah Carey (thank god). Her range is limited. But her phrasing and subtle shadings are more than a compensation for lack of technical skill. She's from the Lou Reed School of Singing via Chrissie Hynde. Other stand-out track? For me it would have to be the off-kilter funk of Roosevelt Island. But picking out favourite tracks isn't the point. The album as a whole offers aural pleasures all along the ride. Buy it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Impressive As Expected. 2 Aug 2011
By Mark Abrahamsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of the fiery furnaces for a while, I have Matthew Friedberger solo record (which I absolutely love). And Eleanor's solo release is very impressive as expected. It's more pop-friendly yet it doesn't sacrifice the eclectic, spastic sound what makes her (and her brothers') music great. I think this deserves to get mention on best of 2011 lists this year.
A really solid album! 17 Dec 2013
By Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Earlier this year, maybe around February or March, I decided once and for all to like indie-rock.

And to supplement this decision, I surfed the Internet every Monday morning and bought two or three different singles on I-Tunes to help me explore the Indie scene from the last several years.

I don't really know how I found this album, but I ended up buying the single, "Inn of the Seventh Ray," and eventually really, really started to like it. I remember tons of different mornings during my Spring semester this year waking up and making smoothies while listening to that song.

Anyway, two or three weeks ago I decided to buy the whole album, and man, it's really wonderful. The vocal melodies are extremely, extremely catchy and well written. Her singing style is really cool, too. A lot of the songs are almost chant-esque, like she focuses on just a few different lines and kind of layers them and repeats them and stuff like that, but not really in the sense of a hook. More like a quasi-chant type deal. There are some hooks, but it's kind of unique how she does it.

I'm especially happy to find out she's from Illinois. Definitely an album worth getting!
not one of my mistakes 18 Dec 2014
By Ira J. Sitomer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Nothing matches the fantastic My Mistakes, but it's mostly good stuff. Love her individual name and sound.
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