Eleanor Friedberger (born September 2, 1976 in Oak Park, Illinois) is part of the indie rock duo The Fiery Furnaces with her brother Matthew Friedberger. In the band she contributes the majority of the vocals both on record and during their live performances. Eleanor grew up singing with her grandmother, Olga Sarantos and family in a Greek Orthodox Church. She previously dated Alex Kapranos of the Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand. In April 2011, Merge Records announced that they would be releasing Friedberger''s first solo album, Last Summer, on July 12, 2011. Upon its release, it received very positive reviews, garnering an 81 out of 100 (universal acclaim) on Metacritic. The Tune said that the album "simply refuses to be empirically classified or explained," but called it "absolutely essential".
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