Crack-Up is the long awaited third studio album from Robin Pecknold and Fleet Foxes. It's unmistakably a Fleet Foxes album but they're a very different band than they were six years ago. Absent are the hummable melodies and relatable lyrics. Instead Robin, the singer and songwriter of the band, moves towards a more progressive folk sound. My first impression wasn't all that great but in time the album grew on me. Crack-Up requires more than a few plays to open up its intricately pieced together layers but it becomes all the more impressive with each listen. It sounds absolutely incredible for an album with so many instruments played on it. It never feels too noisy or overcrowded. The album flows from a whisper to a breakout of guitar and back again. It drifts from grand orchestral moments into an ambient trail all within the same song. The harmonies they've perfected are back and sounding as good as ever. I'll have a full review up on my blog as soon as I can but Crack-Up is definitely required listening for any music fan this year. The entire album is best digested as one piece but the one song that's had the biggest impression on me is I Should See Memphis.
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