Simple, beautiful, picturesque. All are adjectives that could very well be used to describe Helplessness Blues. I can’t really think of one thing that just absolutely stands out for me on this LP. The harmonies are great, the acoustic guitar is very welcome and the beards on these guys are like cherries on top. I think the first thing that I thought when I heard this group was how similar they are to Crosby, Stills and Nash and that was a bit of a turn off. But the more I listened to them, the more I realized, CSN could never have written music like this. The harmonies might sound like they were plucked right out of the 70’s, but the way the instruments and production is blended with the vocals makes this a very modern release. It’s almost as if Fleet Foxes are carrying on the baton into this next generation, tweaking and fixing a sound that is almost timeless as life itself. No one can honestly get tired of a sound this melodic and appealing and Fleet Foxes are just trying to add their own little part to this kind of music. What ended up selling me on the album was “Shrine/ Argument” and the way Robin Pecknold he screeches his way through the chorus, proving yet again that Fleet Foxes are doing something that CSN couldn’t do.