Rehearsing My Choir by The Fiery Furnaces

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Rehearsing My Choir by The Fiery Furnaces
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9/10 Clinton 27 November 2006
I have to admit I hated the Fiery Furnaces when they first came out   - I had them down as an obvious cash in on The White Stripes and in the same bracket as The Kills & all the other boy/girl duo's. But one day I read a review in the NME of their second album that gave it 1 out of 10 and was fascinated as I thought they were the type of band NME would love. When I listened to the album 'Blueberry Boat' I was blown away  with its amazing arrangements, bizzare narratives and incredible sprawl. There's so much ambition and inventiveness even if it gets a tad wearing at times. So what do the Fiery Furnaces do to follow this up? They record an album of duets with their grandmother. This is not quite as odd as it sounds as said octogenarian is an ex singer. The album manages to be both amazing and self indulgent beyond belief. Opener 'The Garfield El' is just magnificent. A spiralling piano riff with the wierd vocals of Olga Sarantos battling gamely with the much younger Eleanor Friedberger. This song proves to be the most commercial moment on the record as gradually the album  spirals into an extraordinary mix of baroque progressive pop and the type of twists and turns found in opera or in a complicated musical. A very, very challenging listen but great when taken in small doses. On Rough Trade.


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