Helplessness Blues (studio album) by Fleet Foxes

Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
Year: 2011
Release date: 2011-05-03
Overall rank: 167th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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82/100 (from 1,292 votes)
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Award Best album of 2011 (1st)
Award Top 20 albums of the 2010s (16th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (167th)
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Fleet Foxes bestography

Helplessness Blues is ranked 2nd best out of 9 albums by Fleet Foxes on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Fleet Foxes is Fleet Foxes which is ranked number 133 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,192.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.9/100, a mean average of 80.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.9.

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From 01/12/2024 07:05
So much modern indie folk is afraid to embrace ANY minimalism. Many of these songs, most notably "Sim Sala Bim" and the title track, would work better as stripped-down acoustic ballads. Why does everything have to eventually crescendo into a chorus of wailing? Plus, more often than not, the harmonic content of the gigantic chamber-orchestra arrangements and obnoxiously loud vocal harmonies is not even interesting enough to justify its inclusion in the mix. Even on "Bitter Dancer," a relatively quiet moment, the vocal harmony blocks accompanying the main melody are mixed obscenely loud, to the point that they sound horribly pitchy. "Blue Spotted Tail" is a beautiful moment, and proof that lots of these songs are complete just with a guitar and a single voice. In short, Helplessness Blues' bloated instrumental accompaniments just feel tasteless and empty due to uninspired arranging and bad mixing. Complaints aside, I will commend it for some lovely acoustic guitar sounds, decent folk-pop songwriting, and commitment to a melancholy mood.
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85/100
From 06/13/2023 20:17
Takes the sounds of their first album and makes them into something more grand and mature. Lyrically not as catchy but with a lot more to say.
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80/100
From 01/17/2023 17:29
While it is executed with the subtlety and beauty that Fleet Foxes always show, I can’t help but feel at times towards the end it starts to drag. The debut is still the record I go to more frequently.
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From 08/07/2022 04:38
Fave songs: Helplessness Blues, The Shrine/Argument, and Montezuma.
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75/100
From 05/05/2022 10:16
There is a lot of beautiful moments on this record but the album on the whole drags on a little too long. This record does have some amazing songs in the form of Helplessness Blues, Montezuma and Battery Kinzie. All of these stick to the folk style they are going for and they work very well. They have done a great job in making this modern folk sound that really suits their vocalist and the instrumentation is of a high quality as well. The acoustic guitar being a stand out for me especially on songs like Blue Spotted Tail. However, the album is to drawn out and it does get very repetitive by the closing track. There are quite a few cuts I find to be unnecessary as well that could be removed. Overall, the record is amazing in spells but is let down by the filler and the bloated nature of the release.
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80/100
From 03/26/2022 13:35
Folk rock of the 2010's
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From 01/02/2022 20:27
Disco correcto
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From 12/14/2021 18:52
A charming and beautiful record. I’d like to propose that the title track be adopted as the new US national anthem.
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From 10/05/2021 13:35
Lindíssimo, mas não é fácil de escutar.
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From 09/29/2021 16:31
Runs a little long, but holy cow it's amazing. Definitely better than the eponymous debut.
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