Fitz and the Tantrums

For Fitz and the Tantrums to create a follow up to Pickin’ Up the Pieces, their 2010 debut album, they were going to have to do a lot of soul searching. Their first album was a masterpiece. The first time I heard “MoneyGrabber”, I was instantly hooked. Being the perfect blend of pop and soul, the song has that certain catch that keeps you singing all day long. Pickin’ Up the Pieces was a time machine traveling back to the 1960’s, and Michael Fitzpatrick, the driver, knew exactly what he wanted to accomplish there… he wanted soul and indie pop to collide.

Flashing forward to 2013, Fitz and the Tantrums’ newest album, More Than Just A Dream, delivers the same ambition. This album, much like the last, is a blissful blend of musical eras. The band’s passion for music is not only evident in this range of eras, but also in their variety of instruments and mix of two different outstanding vocalists. By starting strong with an amazing track, “Out Of My League”, the album already proves its potential. “Out Of My League” will be stuck in your head for days. It’s everything one would want in an 80’s inspired indie pop song. Being both an energetic morning pick up and a great Friday night jam, this song is perfect for anyone.

The album continues on with unique beats. The song “House Of Fire” begins with an awesome medley of drums, synth, and Fitzpatrick’s jazzy tone. Other personal favorites, “6am” and “Fools Gold”, have outstanding lyrics, passion, and energy. Blending together 80’s retro-pop with 60’s soul in a faultless way, Fitz and the Tantrums prove that they still have what it takes to travel through time.

Each song on this album starts off big, and although a few do not follow through to their full potential, Fitz and the Tantrums did a stand up job bringing an encore to a critically acclaimed album. After listening, I am ready to dance.

 

Check out the Fitz and the Tantrums’ website and buy their album. You will not be disappointed!

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