Rebound is the fourth solo album by Eleanor Friedberger, which follows 2016’s New View. Since going solo from The Fiery Furnaces, a band she was in with her musically...er...interesting brother, Friedberger has quietly been getting on with her business and writing some pretty classy indie rock, taking inspiration from The Beatles through to ‘70s folk-pop. LP and CD on Frenchkiss.
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I'm the only one obviously. Well that's fine...you are all welcome to Eleanor Friedberger's solo albums as to me none of them do anything near to what she achieved with her deranged brother Matthew in the Fiery Furnaces. Where that band was musically daring, her solo work is so conservative to be soporific and if albums like her previous 'New View' showcased her talents as a writer of pleasant indie pop (and that voice is always a joy to hear), 'Rebound' is just dull.
It's a keyboard-led affair which on tracks like 'The Letter' never get out of second gear and appear to have been recorded on nothing but a 1984 casio. Friedberger has obviously been reading the Future Islands book of making everything sound like the same preset here and it sort of stifled the songs into a yawning block of nothingness. Only bits and bats rise above the stupor - 'Everything' ups the energy and is the most uplifting thing here but more often and not we get the synth sound from the Cars 'Drive' over and over again. On 'Nice to Be Nowhere' this leads to quite a pleasant if soggy ballad.
'Are We Good?' she asks later in the album. No but you used to be.
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