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Chunk of Change

December 17, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 19, 2008
  • Release Date: December 19, 2008
  • Label: Frenchkiss/Columbia
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  • Total Length: 29:15
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  • ASIN: B0031BNQQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,175 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I have enjoyed all the songs on this album, some more and some less, but still like them.
PeachPecan
First off, I think this album sounds just plain happy, and it does what good music is supposed to: make you think and dance all at the same time.
Matthew C. Geiger
I can't get enough of this album, it's the only CD that has been playing in my car for the past couple weeks..
Robert

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matthew C. Geiger on November 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I don't often put much credence into an EP as a band's entrance into the musical world. But you have to start somewhere. And Passion Pit has that certain magic that I find infectious and has mass appeal. As a minor disclaimer, I'm going to echo a bit of Pitchfork's review of the album, but we often think alike.

First off, I think this album sounds just plain happy, and it does what good music is supposed to: make you think and dance all at the same time. Modern electronica never sounded so good, but it's hard to really say what their intention is with this being just an EP. It covers a lot of ground. To Passion Pit's credit, and as I discovered in my reading, this album, minus the last track, "Sleepyhead," was intended for a single person. A kind of love letter, as it were. Despite that, it communicates a message that goes beyond a single-person audience. David Bevan says it best in his Pitchfork review, "Given the notion that Angelakos initially expected just one person to really listen, the record benefits heavily from that which a lot of us look for in sound or elsewhere: emotional authenticity." Maybe it's just catching lightning in a bottle, but I find it hard to believe that such raw creativity is accidental.

As for similar musical interests, I've seen Passion Pit as being a mixture between the high-pitched, creatively sweet vocals of Postal Service with a smattering of the synths and sampling that give The Avalanches their unique personality (though, admittedly, the sampling is kept to a minimum here). But I don't want to take away from the truly authentic sound they've created. It's hardly a mash-up of already-known bands, and I think their future is wide open.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2009
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Passion Pit, the brainchild of Michael Angelakos, has created one of the biggest buzz in 2009 of any indie-music bands out there (not unlike, say, Vampire Weekend last year) with its widely acclaimed debut album "Manners". But before "Manners" came this EP. Urban legend has it that Angelakos made a tape as a Valentine's present for his girlfriend (the 4 first tracks on here), which then got passed around, and eventually landed him on Frenchkiss Records.

I'm surely among many others who is listening to "Chunck of Change" (6 tracks; 29 min.) after having fallen for "Manners". As such, this EP is an intruiging look in a band's musical growth. All of these songs were recorded in March/April 2007 (and eventually released on this EP in the Fall of 2008). They truly feel like a band (a one-man band at the time) searching and trying out sounds. Take for example the opener "I've Got Your Number", which sounds like some guy needling at home with his computer and keyboards (which is what it was probably was like). "Smile Upon Me" resonates much better. "Cuddle Fuddle" is one of the highlights on here, a trippy tune featuring mellotrons (or a good recreation of it). Not surprisingly, the last 2 tracks are the best on here, they are: "Better Things", reminding me of the early Jackson 5 of all things (if they were electronic), and "Sleepyhead", the best track on here (and the only song to also be included on the "Manners" album).

In all, this is a must for any Passion Pit fan. Sure, the "Manners" album is better, but this EP is quite the find as well. I was supposed to see Passion Pit at Bonnaroo a few weeks ago but events outside my control prevented me from doing so, but I'll be seeing these guys at the Monolith music festival (at the Red Rocks outside of Denver) in September. Can't wait for that.
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By Spider Monkey on January 23, 2011
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`Chucks of Change' is Passion Pit's debut EP and considering it was recorded at home on a laptop the sound and production is pretty impressive. Of course this is most well know for `Sleepyhead, which also features on the full album `Manners', but the whole EP has some great songs and from the opening track `I've Got Your Number' you know you are in for one positive and upbeat collection. It's pays to be aware that whilst the sound between `Chunks of Change' and `Manners' is similar, the latter album is more polished and slightly better in my opinion, so if you're unimpressed with this EP then it is still worth giving the album a listen. This is a fun, unique band and well worth giving a try and as you can pick this up reasonably cheap these days is worth considering.

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By LG1911 on June 1, 2014
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It is ok, worth it just for Sleepyhead in two different versions. That is an exceptional song.
Gossamer is better, more polished, but this is a talented musician with an original style; well worth a listen.
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By William Bonds on January 15, 2014
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I recently attended a Passion Pit Concert At the Greek after seeing the group on Jimmy Kimmel and they were great. Quite a range of sound and styles, some very unexpected as the lead singer will hit highs and sing in that tone for the length of his whole song. Though that is not how his voice really sounds it has got to be allot of effort to do it for many songs as he does.
So I had to purchase their albums as they are the background on many ads both in radio and TV Similar to The Black Eyed Peas and Maroon 5. Very catchy and talented and I hope they produce another album soon as they took quite awhile to come out with this last one which I think they can top if they are as good as I believe!
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