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Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up Review

Crack-Up’s sound is more dynamic and complex than its predecessor. The album starts and stops without warning, creating a relationship where the music can be jerked from moment to moment without proper warning, mimicking ocean waves that rise and fall then rise again, reflected by the beautiful seascape that graces the cover of Crack-Up. Arguably the album’s finest hour, the multi-act opener “I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar” starts with a brief instant of distorted guitar, as if waking up from a daze, before steadying into a quiet moment of self-reflection by Pecknold. This moment is cut short as the full force of the Fleet Foxes sound bursts into frame, or as Pecknold affectionately puts it in the album’s lyric booklet, “The band kicks the loner off the stage”.

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