CD I'm Going Away [Digipak] (CD 4666639),
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I'm Going Away [Digipak]

  • 1. I'm Going Away
    2. Drive To Dallas
    3. End is Near, The
    4. Charmaine Champagne
    5. Cut the Cake
    6. Even In the Rain
    7. Staring At the Steeple
    8. Ray Bouvier
    9. Keep Me In the Dark
    10. Lost At Sea
    11. Cups & Punches
    12. Take Me Round Again
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): THJ-70220

  • Credits
    ProducerMatthew Friedberger
    EngineerJason Lowenstein

    The Fiery Furnaces: Eleanor Friedberger (vocals); Matthew Friedberger (guitar, keyboards); Jason Lowenstein (bass guitar); Robert D'amico (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Jason Lowenstein.
    Audio Remasterer: Joe Lambert.
    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 GALLOWBIRD's best moments, allows Eleanor's engaging voice to lead the way over a fist-shaking, toe-tapping beat. In all, 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.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.84) - "It's their most instantly accessible effort after BARK, with a dozen catchy tunes packed inside 47 easy, breezy minutes."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.58) - "Fans can breathe easy: The weirdness that so delights them isn't GOING anywhere just yet." -- Grade: A-
    Billboard (p.28) - "[T]he tracks come off in a surprisingly modern way -- much like I'M GOING AWAY as a whole."
    Q (Magazine) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Opener 'I'm Going Away' is a rollicking jig of fuzzy riffs and rolling snares."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "[Matthew Friedberg's] melodic sensibility remains intact and boldened by streamlined arrangements emphasizing acoustic piano and the crisp, groovy percussion of drummer Robert D'Amico."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.82) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "I'M GOING AWAY sees them temper their more eccentric tendencies. The Friedberger siblings' more perverse side is still there, bubbling away under the surface."
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