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Fleet Foxes


Fourth album from the Seattle indie folk group produced by front man Robin Pecknold and recorded in California, New York and Paris

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  1. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    Shore is a glorious, life-affirming collection of songs, a move to the centreground that shows his absorbing of musical influences is paying rich dividends. It has ‘future classic’ written all over it
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  2. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Shore is triumphing over calamity and looking at the world through a new lens because there’s no going back to the way things used to be. It’s all about moving on, even when you think you can’t – a beautiful, human struggle
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Following 2017’s lovely-but-obtuse comeback album Crack-Up, FF mainman Robin Pecknold has put his time on lockdown to good use and delivered a record that – and I never thought I’d say this – is as good as, if not better than, that debut album
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  4. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    After the dense and solemn Crack-Up, Robin Pecknold returns the Fleet Foxes to their roots with an album just as perceptive and thoughtful as their debut
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  5. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    It is him following a path of lesser resistance through the landscape, writing actual choruses and melodic hooks, and finding that there is just as much natural brilliance and artistic merit to approaching his work in this manner
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  6. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    On his fourth album, singer-songwriter Robin Pecknold refines and hones Fleet Foxes’ crisp folk-rock sound, crafting another musically adventurous album that is warm and newly full of grace
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  7. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    The folk-rock band’s fourth LP possesses a hopeful approachability
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    Robin Pecknold leads the Seattle band in a balmy and bright look at life in the face of death
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    As a collection, Shore emits a sense of coming through something and arriving anew with the welcome bruises that foster greater understanding and compassion
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  10. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A hauntingly beautiful collection crafted by atypical times
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  11. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Surprise fourth album combines deeply pleasant vibes with high-flying studio ambition, for an LP about letting go and being thankful for what we’ve got
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  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    All in all, it’s a beautiful record – and one that bears repeated plays. I’ve been playing it for around 10 days now, mostly on headphones, and it’s still revealing new details with each listen. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    There are moments where Pecknold’s voice is so wonderfully crisp and bursts through the song’s arrangement in a way that will make you actually sit up
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  14. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Shore is full of richly embroidered gratitude; the play of the seasons and the influence of the elements is ever-present
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  15. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Though Fleet Foxes certainly have no control over their mythology, Shore finds Pecknold letting the worries wash off of him
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  16. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Some of Shore’s strongest moments are its most evidently pop inspired ones
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  17. 8.0 |   Clash

    As natural and inviting as the curling of the leaves, ‘Shore’ is Fleet Foxes at their best. A voice of comfort for an atmomised generation, this is less album, and more treasure trove
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  18. 8.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    With Shore, Fleet Foxes have conjured a powerful, subtle record of snatched memories and delicate optimism that offers a moment for contemplation and consolation
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  19. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Though it is by no means a flawless album, it is exactly the kind of thing you should be using to set your mind at ease. Fleet Foxes have always been inherently hopeful and thankfully they’ve not lost sight of that, roll on 2021
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  20. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A wonderful album to lead us into the concluding chapters of a heartbreaking year
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  21. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    On Shore, Fleet Foxes consist mostly of founding member Robin Pecknold. Recording with a band in the age of COVID-19 can be difficult. It was just time to make this record this way
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  22. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    An entrancing, expansive, relaxing, and benedictory musical vision
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  23. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Whether or not the rumours that this album’s been contractually forced in the 48 months after Crack-Up, ‘A Long Way Past the Past’ and ‘For A Week or Two’ are the exceptions that prove the rule
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