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  • Summary: The four-disc box set features the Seattle indie-folk band's first album and three EPs, including the self-titled 2006 EP, the 2008 Sun Giant EP, and a disc of demos, rare tracks and B-sides.
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  1. Jan 7, 2019
    100
    The recordings here are ideal for longtime fans, whose only gripe might be paying for material that they already own. But this is not a big problem when you consider just how many rare tracks you get for your buck.
  2. Jan 7, 2019
    90
    The thought processes of this band are etched on Pecknold's frail voice, but the development as a whole is something to truly marvel in.
  3. Jan 7, 2019
    81
    The raw-material demos that close out B-Sides and Rarities count as the collection’s greatest revelations, affording a work-in-progress intimacy to the creative gestation behind songs that already feel as familiar as the back of one’s hand.
  4. Jan 7, 2019
    77
    The b-sides disc is, like most sets of this sort, an interesting collection of odds and sods, but the inclusion of traditional English folk standards, “Silver Dagger” and “False Knight on the Road” offers a true insight into their initial inspiration and the folk finesse they aspired to. A book of photos and lyrics is interesting but offers little in the way of liner notes or a narrative. Still, as part of this tidy package, it ought to help inspire Fleet Foxes fans to dig in deeper.