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Blitzen Trapper Furr

Not one minute into this Portland experimental rock quintet‘s fourth album, and first for the chameleonic Sub Pop, is a guitar solo that would do Lynyrd Skynyrd proud. On Furr, the celestial, electronic embellishments noticed in Blitzen Trapper's previous work are mostly buried beneath the power chords, flutes, nature sounds, harmonicas, rickety old pianos, and whatever else Blitzen is banging it out on. Lead member Eric Earley proudly waves his Northwest freak flag as a producer, but as a lyricist he succeeds beyond most in indie rock. He becomes a storyteller, describing the whispering wind and the howling of wolves by moon- or firelight.

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