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Fiery Furnaces Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Fri., July 10, 9:30 p.m. 2009

I like the Fiery Furnaces best when they’re being just shy of impossible and it feels like they’re playing crack the whip with you, trying to toss you face-first into a snowbank. That said, I didn’t like Matthew Friedberger’s double solo album or the thing he and Eleanor did with their grandma (though I appreciate with-nana albums on principle), and I’ve got no serious problems with the forthcoming I’m Going Away (Thrill Jockey), a coolly funky pop record that ranks as one of their most linear efforts. Though it’s not as whacked-out as Widow City and not as fun or seductive as Bitter Tea, it’s nonetheless a solid addition to the band’s polarizing discography, with refined 70s soft-rock tones and melodies that are less perverted than usual by fardled Beefheartian weirdness. Eleanor has returned to writing most of the lyrics (her bro had taken over for a while), and she sings much more than she narrates, which makes her an anchor amidst the chaos—the softness and sentimentality of her melodies gives us much more to grab onto. See also Thursday and Saturday. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $15

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