Best Albums of 2017 Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes

Monday, 1/1/2018 Spool Going Round Radio will run down our favorite albums of the year on 91.9fm KPTZ and on

It’s time to run down some of the best albums of 2017 according to Spool Going Round. Fleet Foxes returned to form and delivered another incredible release this year. Here’s what we said when the album was released.


The new Fleet Foxes album comes just in time for sitting out on the deck and looking at nature as their sweet harmonies fill the air.   After listening to the whole new album Crack-Up, due June 16th via Nonesuch records,  I can tell you it is well worth the wait. 

I have always loved songs that start out as one thing and completely morph into another. Fleet Foxes are taking this concept to a new higher level by doing their version of suites. “I am all that I need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint scar” is a perfect example and starts the album off.  I wonder why more artists are not doing this, especially with this MP3 format and being such a singles driven listening experience these days, it makes sense that if you want the listener to experience three songs together: you would put them together as a suite.

I can’t help but feel that Fleet Foxes should spend their entire time recording because they are so fantastic at album making.  Album making is becoming a lost art form and we must not let it die.  It is important to our survival.  This goes against my great love of seeing bands live (I also believe that the concert experience is what will bring the world together.)  I have only seen Fleet Foxes live on video and it seems that these delicate pieces with beautiful harmonies must have trouble competing with an audience of chatter-boxes (bros talking) on loudmouth soup (alcohol) who believe that everything they say is brilliant and need to be heard by all (bloggers).  Even with this being said the only way bands make money in 2017 is to tour. Fleet Foxes will take this album out on a pretty extensive road trip including shows in Seattle.

1. I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
2. Cassius, –
3. – Naiads, Cassadies
4. Kept Woman
5. Third of May / Ōdaigahara
6. If You Need To, Keep Time on Me
7. Mearcstapa
8. On Another Ocean (January / June)
9. Fool’s Errand
10. I Should See Memphis
11. Crack-Up

About Spool Going Round

If you like my blog and have access to programming and would like to do a radio/internet show together, please contact me. My name is Mike. I am an on-air radio DJ. I fell in love with radio in Chicago and then took that passion to someplace where I could actually get on the air. My travels took me to Seattle, WA, Eugene and Portland, OR and Washington D.C., where I was able to have my own morning show. I've had crab cakes with Warren Zevon, sat backstage and interviewed Sting, had Melissa Etheridge sing to me from the front row and I loved every minute of it. That passion for music still burns strong in me and I love to talk music and be turned on to music. Sharing new music with people is what got me interested in radio in the first place. It is wonderful to be able to talk music with you. "Go ahead you're on the air..." Read more:
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