Top 100 Songs of the Decade: “Furr” – Blitzen Trapper

by Blitzen Trapper (2008)

“Furr” was one of those songs that I discovered completely by accident.  Somehow I had downloaded it, and it was on my iPod, but I had never really listened to it until early 2009 when I made a couple of Genius mixes to listen to , and it started appearing regularly in those.  And then once I played it a few times, I was completely obsessed with it, and later I got their whole CD, also called Furr.

What I didn’t know until recently, was that Furr was actually their fourth studio album, and the band has been together for over 10 years.  The band’s sound is described on Wikipedia as experimental folk, but there are many styles of music on the CD, as well as their brand new 2010 release Destroyer of the World.

But getting back to the song, it’s one of those songs that I just don’t get tired of.  In fact, according to my Last.Fm page, which charts all the music I listen to, it’s currently sitting at #3 for most listens on my top songs chart.

Most songs that I end up liking have a memorable chorus or hook, but “Furr” is instead the ulimate storytelling song.  And what’s not to like from a song about a teenager who drives into the woods and turns into a wolf, and stays that way for 6 years before meeting a girl and marrying her!  Yes, that tired story again.

My only problem with Blitzen Trapper is that on their CD’s, including the new one, I only end up liking a handful of songs. But the songs that I do like, end up being some of my favorites of the year.  Check out “Furr” and let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


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