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I'm Going Away

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I'm Going Away
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Drive to Dallas
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The End Is Near
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Charmaine Champagne
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Cut the Cake
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Even in the Rain
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Staring at the Steeple
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Ray Bouvier
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Keep Me in the Dark
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Lost at Sea
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Cups & Punches
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Take Me Round Again
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 47:28

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12.14.09
The Furnaces' most blessedly straightforward work in years
Label: Thrill Jockey

Especially after Remember, the Fiery Furnaces' jarring "live" album that stitched together dozens of concert and one-take living-room versions of their extensive back catalog into a kind of meta-performance, I'm Going Away is something of a relief. The cut-up method that characterized Matt and Eleanor Friedberger's group from 2004's Blueberry Boat forward has always been an obstacle — often a thrilling, nervy one — but it's also made them a bit forbidding. Not so… read more »

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OldSchool2000

FF are not an easy band to like. They don't follow the rules of popular music or songwriting, yet patience is inevitably rewarded and expands your appreciation of music in general. That said, this CD is much more accessible than most of their previous collections. The song structures are a little more standard and the tune structures and orchestration more recognizable - to some extent because FF are an established band now.

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Fantastic Album

NorCalAndrew

Emusic was a little late in releasing this title, but it is a great album. In a year (2009) with big releases from Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear, I don't know why The Fiery Furnaces didn't get as much attention. For a band that is just as "experimental" as the aforementioned groups, this album is surprisingly, pleasantly straight forward. This is great progressive pop rock and of course it has some sonic depth that sets it apart from mainstream. You might compare TFF with The White Stripes after hearing these songs, but I think TFF is more dynamic. All the songs are good, but the second half of the album is especially strong.

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The Fiery Furnaces have so thoroughly trained their listeners to expect weirdness that it’s almost weirder when they’re (relatively) straightforward. Not that the band’s music has ever been predictable, but from Blueberry Boat onward, it was likely that a Fiery Furnaces song would have hyper-literate lyrics and a sprawling melody embellished with — and frequently interrupted by — wild tangents and synth-driven flights of fancy. They took that fragmented sound to such a dazzling extreme on the collaged live album Remember that it looked hard to top, and they don’t try to on I’m Going Away. Instead, Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger and company hone their pop instincts, put the focus on their flair for hooks and melodies, and turn in some of their most direct and tuneful songs since Gallowsbird’s Bark. More than a few of I’m Going Away’s tracks nod to the band’s early days: the title track is an arty rave-up that turns a traditional song into anything but, much like the band did with “Single Again” back in the day; the jaunty “Charmaine Champagne,” like most of Gallowsbird’s best moments, allows Eleanor’s engaging voice to lead the way over a fist-shaking, toe-tapping beat. The Furnaces also sound more organic than they have in some time, with the intimate production dominated by piano and Rhodes suggesting ’70s sitcom music (they even name-checked Bob James’ wry theme song for the classic TV series Taxi as inspiration in the album’s press release). Those keyboards add some of that bittersweet feel to “The End Is Near,” a world-weary ballad with a finality that the Friedbergers’ dual vocals only soften a little, and “Lost at Sea,” a piece of classic-sounding piano pop with a buoyant coda. While it’s easy to read I’m Going Away’s simpler, mellower sound as a reaction to the maximalist experiments of Blueberry Boat through Widow City, the Fiery Furnaces still find ways to keep listeners’ ears on their figurative toes: “Drive to Dallas” is positively elastic, starting with a wistful, stretched-out melody that snaps into a flurry of activity, while “Even in the Rain” takes its almost ridiculously catchy melody on some detours with odd key changes and tempo shifts. The Fiery Furnaces do tiptoe onto the elaborate ground they’ve already covered on I’m Going Away’s second half with “Staring at the Steeple”‘s sinister rock and jazzy segues and “Keep Me in the Dark”‘s globe-trotting intrigue, but their muscular playing keeps things more grounded than they’ve been in the past. Ironically enough, these songs feel more “live” than Remember did, especially on the “Charmaine Champagne” reprise “Cups & Punches” and rousing finale “Take Me Round Again,” both of which add to the album’s indie rock revue feel. I’m Going Away is a departure that fits in with the rest of the Fiery Furnaces’ work, and it’s only fitting that a band this creative can pull something like that off. – Heather Phares

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