Album: Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes (Bella Union)

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'Mojo' has already declared them "America's next great band", so it's difficult to know what to add to the welter of positive press that has greeted Seattle's Fleet Foxes since their lovely 'Sun Giant' EP.

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And now we have the debut album proper, and further proof that if you are young, shaggy-haired West Coast Americans who listen to Maddy Prior, Fairport Convention and Karen Dalton alongside Dylan, the Beach Boys and CSNY, you will produce sweeping, majestic pop when you get together with your friends. Alongside Midlake, they're taking music back hundreds of years. Works for me.

Pick of the Album: The lush, four-part harmonies of 'White Winter Hymnal'