Blitzen Trapper – Furr: The Best Album of 2008?

by oz on September 23, 2008

Are you wondering why the cover art for Blitzen Trapper’s latest release, Furr, is made of wood? Maybe it’s because that’s exactly what this album will give you. It should include a disclaimer to help you avoid any potentially awkward public situations.

Blitzen Trapper are a potpourri of all things good in music. Furr is like a big bowl of The Beatles, Pavement, Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and The Grateful Dead all mixed together for an end result that smells magnificent. The album kicks off with “Sleepytime In The Western World,” a song that’s impossible not to compare to Wilco. From there Furr takes a 12 song rock and roll, space-country journey that’s damn near perfection.

If you had trouble falling in love with Blitzen Trapper’s last album, then Furr might exactly what you’re looking for. They’ve abandoned much of the noise and distortion that was front and center on Wild Mountain Nation and now let the purity of the songs take center stage. ‚  The title track, “Not Your Lover” and “Lady On The Water” are well-penned folk songs with phrases that cling in your head. “Not Your Lover” is a heartbreaker that starts off with the lines:

In my sleep I’m not your lover anymore. When I wake I have to remind myself that I’m lying on your shore. Cuz I’m a moon-walking cowboy, dusty ridin’ and I don’t know what’s in store.

While those songs are a few of my favorites, there are others that pop out at me each time I listen. “Black River Killer” is a dark story about a brutal murder and “God + Suicide” is an upbeat pop song masked with a contradictory title.‚  Then “Saturday Nite” comes out of the blue and drops some disco beats with its misspelling.

It’s not worth writing much more about the album, to be honest. Furr cannot be listened to just once because new songs will continue to sneak up on you after your third, fourth and fifth spins. I don’t have enough good things to say. Furr is my favorite album of 2008.

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Blitzen Trapper – Furr

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Shirk September 23, 2008 at 8:31 am

Agreed…this album is sick! I cannot stop listening to it. Constantly finding new favorites on there. Today’s favorite… “Fire+ Fast Bullets”. Love the production.

Woody September 23, 2008 at 8:43 am

This is a classic!!!

Dirkly September 23, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Yabba! Just saw them play the record store… a near-solid hour of awesomeness.

Drinking Buddy September 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Kickass album. “Furr” makes me moist throughout. And I really enjoy “War on Machines.” So much moisture.

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