Album Review – Eleanor Friedberger – “Personal Record”

Eleanor Friedberger released her sophomore LP “Personal Record” , a follow to her critically acclaimed and much heralded debut “Last Summer” in 2010. This is a tremendously ambitious follow-up...

Eleanor Friedberger released her sophomore LP “Personal Record” , a follow to her critically acclaimed and much heralded debut “Last Summer” in 2010. This is a tremendously ambitious follow-up to a imaginative debut record but not one that could be bested. Eleanor is the second half of the sister/ brother duo Fiery Furnaces, an eclectic indie rock band that produced a number of critically acclaimed albums over the last decade (some of which are reveled as classics). Eleanor releases her second solo album to much critical anticipation and she delivers in a big way.

Friedberger is a witty and clever songwriter backed with an incredible accompaniment of guitar, keyboard and horns. This is instantly evident on the obvious stand out singles “She’s a Mirror” and “Stare At The Sun”. They are both sing-a-long modern day hits. However, the other songs provide mystery to her interesting journey like “I’m the Past” … an eerie song of a etherial spirit from the past looking at how one views a “friend”, all with a backdrop of incredible horns and flutes. “Echo and Encore” has a smooth classical arrangement ,acoustic guitar, smooth bass and her belting vocals “I adore you as before, I echo and I encore” accompanied with a passionate piano solo.

This fantastic collection of songs are creative, fun, witty, professional and varied.  This is interesting for a modern pop record as there is usually a feeling of constraint for a good pop song. Eleanor’s lyrics are well crafted and the sing a long quality is much like reading a good book that was well thought out. This straight forward style without being over emotional is a way to communicate to the listener in balanced manner, while keeping the music is edgy, eclectic and the lyrics clever / a bit mysterious. Similar to her debut album, the music is familiar and powerful.  As with her other endeavors, Eleanor has been very consistent with each of her solo efforts. This second album brings a refined instrumentation, verve, evolved sound. The hooks on this new record definitely are more prominent!

Download this fine record from Eleanor Friedberger and you will not be disappointed. Buy it here

Artist: Eleanor Friedberger

Album: Personal Record

Record Label: Merge Records

Record Release: June 4, 2013

Track Listings: 1)I Don’t Want To Bother You 2)When I Knew 3)I’ll Never Be Happy Again 4)Stare At The Sun 5) Echo 0r Encore 6)My Own World 7)Tomorrow Tomorrow 8)You’ll Never Know Me 9)I Am The Past 10)She’s a Mirror 11)Other Boys 12)Singing Time

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Jon Crary is an avid music fan. Jon's roots are the late 70’s punk and the new wave scene, but his influences are early 70’s glam- Roxy Music and David Bowie. His tastes evolved in the 80’s to include his influences’ copiers – Japan, Duran Duran and New Order. He hosted a radio program where Echo and the Bunnymen and the Smiths were staples. Now, their legacy is well documented. Many people think he has great taste in music, and he actually has a good record collection. He is also a semi-musician having played the bass guitar in a French garage rock band. Now, you will see him enjoying the new music of this and the last decade…thanks to Interpol “Turn on the Bright Lights” album for which he will forever be grateful for revitalizing music for the new generation and old.