By Ken Tucker
October 05, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Widow City

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A gas, a blast: Sibs Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces come as close as we’d want them to in making a ”conventional” rock album, Widow City. Which means her conversational phrasing gets into the grooves of his guitar riffs (is that an Aerosmith homage in ”The Old Hag Is Sleeping”?), and catchy refrains accompany the ornate keyboard fanfares. The lyrics hew closely to contemporary poetry’s oblique emotionalism — heart mingled with wit. Is there a more consistently enjoyable art-rock act in America? Nope.
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