Blueberry Boat (album) by The Fiery Furnaces

Blueberry Boat
Blueberry Boat by The Fiery Furnaces (2004)
Release date: 2004-07-13
Overall rank: 2,824th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 104 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 2004 (45th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (542nd)
Award Best albums of all time (2,824th)
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Blueberry Boat is ranked as the best album by The Fiery Furnaces.

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 104 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 77.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 78.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.1.

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85/100
From cmoshier 11/05/2017 22:11
Best Tracks: Paw Paw Tree, Turning Round
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Rating:  
90/100
From sculley 09/08/2017 12:28
I remember first hearing this around when it came out and thinking "WTF?!" because the songwriting is so jarring and each song can contain up to (what feels like) ten different songs. After many listens I really got into it. I think it's a vastly underrated album. Recently listened to it again and feel that way even more so. I suggest giving it 10-20 listens before judging it. The first half of the record is solid. It's only failing is that some of the last half isn't as strong. Yet another example of long albums that would have been made better by being shorter.
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Rating:  
95/100
From Komorebi-D 03/14/2017 04:11
This an experimental masterwork. Why is it not talked about more? I'm going to throw a massive "underrated" at this one.
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25/100
From babyBlueSedan 06/20/2016 21:07
I checked out when I heard "The pain, the pain, in Spain falls mainly on me." Gross.
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From alexgagne 02/08/2016 18:09
Pitchfork have rated this album 9.6/10, so it's perfectly normal that I don't really get into this album and find it nothing more than correct...

Favorite track: Straight Street
Less favorite tracsk: Paw Paw Tree, Chief Inspector Blanchfelower, Birdie Brain, Wolf Notes
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100/100
From kryptos006 06/10/2015 15:26
This album proves for me that even the music community is not purely deterministic; the truly great music will not always rise to the top. This album was initially met with either unnaturally high ratings or quite low ones. I saw on Metacritic that NME (but, seriously, screw NME) called it "Toe-curlingly unlistenable" whereas, say, Pitchfork gave it the rare score of 9.6 (the only albums to receive a 9.6 or higher since then are Funeral by Arcade Fire, Merriweather Post-Pavilion by Animal Collective, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West, all of which are in the BEA top 100). So how did this album drop out of this canon of classics? It disappeared slowly. After both of the albums were released, Pitchfork released a list of the best albums from 2000-04 placing Blueberry Boat HIGHER than Funeral. At the year end, they put Funeral at #1 and Blueberry Boat at the still formidable #4. By the decade's end, Funeral was at #2 for the 2000s and Blueberry Boat sat all the way down at #145. The thing is that critics know this is a great album. It almost escapes the grasp of exegesis. But the general public somehow gets away with claims of it being "Too long" or "Too dense." This has pulled it out of sight. I'm not saying that Blueberry Boat is better than Funeral. I think it's close. But I definitely think it ranks higher than 2,047 (its current rank on BEA).
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40/100
From Gooz 04/25/2014 18:46
Weird album! Overall didn't work for me but there's good moments. Also too long I think. Too long.
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80/100
From ShaneSpear 04/04/2013 19:09
It's weird how a song you really don't think about that often can become very important all of a sudden. I lost my dog last night and the last like 12 hours have been 12 of the most stressful. She's just been found safe and sound about 15 minutes ago to my great relief, and now I can look back and actually appreciate the horrible song that has been in my head for the last half day non-stop (My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found.)
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90/100
From ButterThumbz 11/23/2012 09:11
Starts like a nursery rhyme but slowly mutates, Tetsuo style, until you are consumed by it's madness.
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95/100
From Defago 10/14/2012 03:09
Great album! Really fun, yet really complex too.
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