Nov 12th, 2008 // 7 Comments

Harmonizing Seattleites Fleet Foxes have won the first Uncut Music Award, which is the British magazine Uncut‘s attempt to get in on the “awards given out by magazines” game that pretty much every other periodical in its home country engages in on a yearly basis. The judges’ bromantic rhapsodizing about the band’s self-titled album includes phrases like “beautiful vocal creation” and “echoes of all kinds of indigenous American music, but also African music and even medieval strains” and “one of those records that will stand the test of time,” so, uh, why don’t you just use this space to talk about why they’re right. Or wrong! I don’t know, that album did not do it for me at all, but judging by the other albums on the prize’s shortlist I’m probably in the very wrong target demographic for this particular prize. [Uncut]

  1. iantenna

    the sound and vibe of this record are awesome, the songs just aren’t really there. it’s not even the best stoner hippy record sub pop put out this year, that distinction goes to the amazing new record from blitzen trapper.

    such a total uncut list though. they’re all new, moderately hip records that ape so much classic shit that it’s ok for their demographic to like it.

  2. MayhemintheHood

    That list is kinda weird…Drive-By Truckers being the most peculiar one for me, and I even liked that album.

    Fleet Foxes are faking the funk.

  3. Ned Raggett

    @owenmeany: That would be a lateral move at best.

  4. GiantPanda

    the album is amazing and theyre amazing musicians.

  5. Marth

    @owenmeany: I think I would love the Fleet Foxes if it wasn’t for that fact. Everything is in place, catchy tunes, cool vocal harmonies (which you have to admit, isn’t something that lot of contemporary bands focus on)… and yet in the end, they sound exactly like MMJ. I just can’t get over it. Same goes for Band of Horses.

  6. Oldboy

    Their best number is Mykonos and it’s on the EP not the album. A promising group, at least….

  7. Anonymous

    They were good when they were called My Morning Jacket.

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