Review: New View by Eleanor Friedberger

New View by Eleanor FriedbergerThere is something missing in the new release from Eleanor Friedberger. It’s hard to pin down, because New View – the third record from the former Fiery Furnaces member – is a pretty serviceable entry: her continued trip towards the more timeless sounds of the 60s and 70s is enjoyable, evocative at times, her delivery mixing in nicely (for the most part) with that familiar stereo rock sound we’ve heard before in recent releases from Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams. But along the way Eleanor seems to have dropped the bouncy, fun quality her last two albums possessed, and the result is a record that doesn’t quite capture the sound she’s aiming for and the sound she used to have. New View can be meandering, with songs coming in suddenly at some points (I don’t know why the gaps are short) and others seemingly too shy to shine. It’s frustrating, because the opening tracks was a sign that there’s something good ahead… or perhaps it’s the last two albums talking. [NB]3/5

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