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Personal Record

Eleanor Friedberger Audio CD
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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 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00BPGLNW2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Don't Want to Bother You
2. When I know
3. I'll Never Be Happy Again
4. Stare at the Sun
5. Echo or Encore
6. My Own World
7. Tomorrow Tomorrow
8. You'll Never Know Me
9. I Am the Past
10. She's a Mirror
11. Other Boys
12. Singing Time

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At a time when most female singer-songwriters perform as alter egos, Eleanor Friedberger is simply, refreshingly herself. And that's just the way her fans like it. Having spent the last decade fronting the indie-rock institution The Fiery Furnaces (currently on hiatus) with her brother Matthew, she emerged in 2011 as a formidable solo artist with Last Summer, a thoughtfully crafted tale of memory and place couched in the organic pop of her 70s idols. Instantly, Friedberger established herself as a modern-day heir to the tradition of Donovan, Todd Rundgren, Ronnie Lane, and their ilk: warm, nuanced, timeless songs. No gimmicks necessary. The title of Friedberger's sophomore album is Personal Record, and it is, in a sense. Personal, that is. But not personal in the way of, say, a coming-of-age record, or a diary about the past, which Last Summer was. Many of the songs seem to be about love, or love lost, but whether any of the experience is hers or someone else's, she isn't saying. It's not as specific a narrative this time, she says. There's a universality to it.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is a delight from start to finish. Eleanor sounds in strong voice, finding an emotive key often absent from recordings under the Fiery Furnaces moniker with brother Matt. The songs are direct, varied, and with instrumentation that harkens back to an imaginary musical time that might be considered mid-70s but is in fact, fully modern. I found the Fiery Furnaces, after their startling debut, annoying. Eleanor's voice and lyrics were always a draw but the hyperactivity of the melodies eventually found me abandoning them as a musical experience (it's usually at this point in an Amazon review when you're supposed to say, 'but don't get me wrong; I like difficult music too' as a way of defending a decision to set aside a band because they may be too intellectual for you). Eleanor exudes a type of feminine cool last practiced by Chrissie Hynde, but with less 'smoke' and more reserve. She's at least as interesting as Marnie Stern or St. Vincent. Have a listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Personal 10 Jun 2013
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
With The Fiery Furnaces apparently still locked in the garden shed
(I hope someone is checking on brother Michael's well-being from
time to time!) Eleanor Friedberger follows-up her 2011 solo album
'Last Summer' with yet another collection of idiosyncratic songs.
In my review of her last recording I used the word "workmanlike"
(workwomanlike if you like....) to describe her compositional style;
the twelve numbers which make up 'Personal Record' continue to plow
a not dissimilar furrow. The beats are foursquare, the arrangements
refreshingly uncluttered and the melodies simple but effective but it is
in Ms Friedberger's lyrics that we find that which is most original about
her. Personal, fragile and quirky she knows how to spin a good yarn.

'Echo Or Encore' is an especially affecting example; a gently lilting
Latin invention featuring a clunky upright piano and dour double-bass
arrangement and words which achieve a curiously haunting and haunted quality.
'Stare At The Sun', with its driving beat and jangly electric guitar seems
to have been touched by the spirit of The Velvet Underground; 'When I Knew'
rattles along in a nicely awkward way and the delightful fifties-nuanced
'Other Boys' (her finest moment by far) delivers pathos by the bucket load.

A personal and personable record.

Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Personal Record 6 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
Eleanor Friedberg. Fun and likeable album. Songs about relationships. Warm and gentle. Themed around 1970s.
Adult humour. Lots of irony. Some suprises and not all 'heterosexual'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the best records of the year so far! 22 Jun 2013
By Joseph Broze - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the other reviewer - a great summer record. Friedberger (along with John Wesley Harding) have crafted some real pop/rock gems here. I've probably played this album 30 times since it came out.

Stylistically, this LP is great mixture of 70's radio hits (Fleetwood Mac, Harry Nilsson, Carly Simon, Warren Zevon), power pop (Cheap Trick, Shoes) and current indie rock (New Pornographers, Spoon). It shifts incredibly between these genres effortlessly.

Favorite songs: I'll Never Be Happy Again, When I Knew, Stare At The Sun & Other Boys

I've seen her twice live and she's just awesome. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like a poppier Carlene Carter 13 Sep 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had never hear Eleanor Friedberger or her band Fiery Furnaces before getting this CD, but I was curious after reading the many glowing reviews and news that Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) was involved in this project. I love most of the JWH albums, so I HAD to get this one too. Oddly, except for a single sentence in the slim CD digipack that tells you "All Songs by Friedberger/Stace", you would never know that Wesley Stace appears at all.

Musically, I found this album to be a real treat. Plenty of catchy, sunshiney pop songs with hooks galore. I also like Friedberger's voice. She reminds me a lot of early 80s Carlene Carter, but without the country garnishes. To my ears, I don't hear any Carly Simon or Carole King influences, nor does it all sound like some sort of retro-1970s tribute. Perhaps those are all influences, but Friedberger has distilled them and put them through a contemporary musical prism. The result: a talented recording artist making honest, well-crafted pop songs. And that's something that is sorely needed in this sterile, digitized era.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Hope I'm Wrong 16 July 2013
By DanSof - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It already feels like this record is being criminally ignored. Amazon rank 3800??? Brilliant second solo outing by a singular artist. Smart, catchy fun. I am a big fan and admittedly biased, but album of the year so far to my ears.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly direct after a long-ish period of ADHD with her brother 6 Aug 2013
By C. Skala - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a delight from start to finish. Eleanor sounds in strong voice, finding an emotive key often absent from recordings under the Fiery Furnaces moniker with brother Matt. The songs are direct, varied, and with instrumentation that harkens back to an imaginary musical time that might be considered mid-70s but is in fact, fully modern. I found the Fiery Furnaces, after their startling debut, annoying. Eleanor's voice and lyrics were always a draw but the hyperactivity of the melodies eventually found me abandoning them as a musical experience (it's usually at this point in an Amazon review when you're supposed to say, 'but don't get me wrong; I like difficult music too' as a way of defending a decision to set aside a band because they may be too intellectual for you). Eleanor exudes a type of feminine cool last practiced by Chrissie Hynde, but with less 'smoke' and more reserve. She's at least as interesting as Marnie Stern or St. Vincent. Have a listen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best record of 2013 19 Mar 2014
By Avner Traub - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this record after reading amazing review in a newspaper, and I agree with every word.
Many albums have 2-3 good songs, but here, almost every song in this album is great.
Many songs reminds me of Joni Mitchel at her prime.
I can’t understand why this album hasn’t become a huge success. It deserve to be in the top 10 albums of the year.
I can’t wait for her next album. In her last song she sings ‘singing time is over’. I really hope she’s not serious.
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