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Chunk Of Change

Passion PitAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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"Sleepyhead" Live at the Warfield SF


Redemption. Paranoia. Guilt. And brief glimpses of a better tomorrow, all cloaked in pop hooks that truly help the medicine go down.

What is this? Another lost LP from Brian Wilson’s sandbox phase? If only things were that simple. What we’re really alluding to here is Passion Pit’s first proper full-length, Manners, a bird-flipping break from the blogosphere by a 21 ... Read more in Amazon's Passion Pit Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frenchkiss
  • ASIN: B001DSNG0O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I've Got Your Number
2. Smile Upon Me
3. Cuddle Fuddle
4. Live to Tell the Tale
5. Better Things
6. Sleepyhead

Editorial Reviews

Boston's Passion Pit is the brainchild of Michael Angelakos. A songwriter's songwriter drawing from a variety of influences, from the classic pop of Randy Newman to the synth work of Giorgio Moroder.

The Chunk of Change EP was originally put together as a (belated) Valentine's Day present to Angelakos girlfriend which then prompted him to give it out to friends and fellow students at Emerson College. Angelakos wrote and recorded the entire record by himself and it only hints at what is to come from this extremely talented perfectionist. The production of the recording - brief, sporadic, and explosive - worked towards the development of Angelakos signature euphoric and blissfully melancholic sound. Frenchkiss Records will reissue the ep this fall with the addition of two bonus tracks Better Things and Sleepyhead that are already catching the online world on fire. All of this is in preparation for Passion Pit s debut full length coming out in early 2009.

Playing as a five piece live, Passion Pit has already blown away audiences opening up for Death Cab For Cutie, Girl Talk, These New Puritans and more. Also winning the WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll as the Best New Local Act of 2008, Passion Pit hopes to bring their soulful dance explosion to your town this fall.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than their foot in the door 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to "Manners" 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for an early work June 1, 2014
By LG1911
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Passion Pit Review 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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorites October 31, 2013
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I'm a huge Passion Pit fan and I ordered Chunk of Change to add to my album collection, along with Manners and Gossamer.

Order wise, came in the mail quickly and in perfect condition.

Music wise, incredible, each of their albums are beautiful, unique, catchy, and fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars passion pit starting with a bang October 2, 2013
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Great! All tracks have a unique happy rhythm deep lyrics and best of all the sounds. We need more artist like passion pit. He made this by himself crazy talent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album, Can it Stand the Test of Time? August 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Like a lot of people I bought this album for the SleepyHead track. I have a habit of buying albums and listening to them over and over until I have them memorized. I did that with this one and really enjoyed it. The problem is after taking a break I'm hesitant to go back. Sure the songs are good but the high-pitched vocals and the unchanging back beat make me say "maybe I'll listen to it later, for now I want to hear something else." With digital downloads now ubiquitous there's plenty of Indie/Electronic bands out there.

The short version, preview the tracks and download the ones you really enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't NOT Like It
My boyfriend and I LOVE love love this album, I'm not sure why it took me so long to finally buy it.
Published 5 months ago by JG
4.0 out of 5 stars Found a gem in my iTunes library thanks to Amazon!
I'm not going to give you all artsy, hip music babble. My New Year's Resolution for 2012 is to listen to every one of the 15,000 songs in my iTunes library, and this album is just... Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by PeachPecan
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Conditions
I always buy my CD's in Amazon and recommend so to my friends...The CD was in perfect condition and arrived exactly when promised...
Published on October 13, 2011 by Maria Teresa Ruiz
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
My mistake for ordering the cd after hearing very little of it. While I appreciate the weirdness and strange sounds and all, I'm still looking for the song underneath it all. Read more
Published on October 8, 2011 by Duane L. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm addicted to this album
The first time that I heard the song "Better Things" my reaction went from "Excuse me what is this" to "oh my god I must have this album". Read more
Published on May 6, 2011 by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Chunk of Change
`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. Read more
Published on January 23, 2011 by Spider Monkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Alblum, but "Manners" is better
This is the first release for Passion Pit, and it is not a studio release, so the sound is a bit more primitive, I still like it though, but I think Manners (the studio released... Read more
Published on December 23, 2009 by Charles A. Hudson
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