The audience, which was a strange mix of preppy yuppie-types and hipster folkies, continued their cheering support as Fleet Foxes played popular songs from their debut album, including "Winter White Hymnal," "Ragged Wood," as well of, of course, many songs from the new album, followed by a "surprise" encore solo performance by Pecknold of "Oliver James."
I found that the main difference between Fleet Foxes' first and second LP was syncopation, especially noticeable at the live show. Both albums contain songs that are somewhat mellow and carefree sounding, while still chock full of emotion and, sometimes, despair. However, "Fleet Foxes" experimented much more with rhythms, while the syncopation on the sophomoric album, "Helplessness Blues" is somewhat lacking. In terms of genre, "Fleet Foxes" comes off a bit more pop, while songs from "Helplessness Blues" lean more clearly toward the folk genre.
Fleet Foxes played two nights in NY, May 18 and 19, and will next be showcasing at Tower Theater in Upper Derby, PA, at a venue just west of Philadelphia, on Saturday, May 21, assuming "The Rapture" doesn't hit first (Yes, Pecknold did make sure to mention Christian "Family Radio" Harold Camping's prediction that The Rapture will happen this Saturday)...
Although the NY shows were sold out, it appears that there are still tickets available for the PA show here.
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