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Fiery Furnaces
Rough Trade/Sanctuary Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

February 21, 2005
There has been much ranting and raving about The Fiery Furnaces - if you haven't heard about them by now, I ask you, "Where ya been, duder?"

Last year, Blueberry Boat polarized even the staff here at Lost at Sea: there were those that were ecstatic, and those that were up in arms. I didn't debate it all too much; I just found that I really enjoyed the album, listening to tracks like "Chief Inspector Blancheflower" pretty much every day for a few months without growing ill.

Much the same case presents itself with their last release - throw your ideas about how a song should be constructed into the dumpster, and form your own [heated] opinion. This is a continuation, true to form.

There are some great pop songs, like "Single Again", "Sweet Spots", "Here Comes the Summer" and "Evergreen." These make EP immediately worth all the enduring fuss.

Yes, I'm proudly claiming my territory on that side of the fence. What else did you expect from this review? It says 8.5 at the top!

Did you expect me to criticize this disc? Of course not! This album is great! I would rate it higher, but our editor-in-chief already gave Blueberry Boat a 10/10, so where do you go from there? Since I believe they have a 9.5 or 10 in them again, I've used my superior deductive logic - derived from black magic and Pokemon cards - to give the Furnaces a nice little 8.5 so that their next big release has more room to run and scream and flaunt another 10/10.

I don't care if you like them or not - I really do, and I believe we can all grow from here. We can find some common ground. Maybe we can get the die-hard fans together with those who currently have the bitter taste of "too-hyped" in their mouths and we can have a party somewhere halfway.

Hopefully, one day, everyone will be living in a Utopia where everyone gets along and there is no such thing as indie or mainstream or pop or any classifications… and we can all love The Fiery Furnaces together and just generally be cool with each other. I urge everyone to give EP a chance, because whether you think it's instant faultlessness or more hype, if you put it aside and listen to the catchy pop sounds, you might just like it.

Reviewed by Abi Huynh
A contributing writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Abi Huynh enjoys film and music that most people criminally ignore.

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