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Gossamer (2 LP /1 CD) Import
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One of the things that's easy to overlook about this album (and Passion Pit in general) is the striking contrast between the sound and the lyrics: the tempo is upbeat, the sound is chipper, the hooks massive - but underneath it all, the lyrics are stark and deeply depressing at times. Passion Pit music feels like an embodiment of Angelakos's own self-described experiences, with echoes of lyrical despair thinly veiled behind a layer of exuberant sound.
Let's back up: "Gossamer" is "pop," with a huge dose of electronics thrown in for good measure. This describes a lot of music these days, but even discarding the lyrics, Angelakos injects layers of sound that elevate Passion Pit beyond the standard fare you're likely to hear on Clearchannel. The sound: huge! The hooks: killer! But, as Angelakos says, Passion Pit songs take the "long way" to get there, and the payoff is all the greater for it.
Bottom line: Passion Pit is simply incredible. And this album is simply incredible. Buy it.
This album isn't BAD. It just pales in comparison to Manners..in my opinion, anyway. Not nearly as many hooks, better production but sometimes it's overkill, sound that makes room for fresher hooks that don't ever arrive. I don't know. It's not the mood of the album that's putting me off, it's the songs. People are bloody RAVING for this CD and I just don't see what all the fuss is about. It's not that great. There are some highlights, though: "Mirrored Sea" blew me away, "Carried Away" is undeniably catchy, "Constant Conversations" does live up to the hype, and "I'll be Alright" is a good listen if you can handle all the bleeps and such. The little "Two Veils to Hide My Face" song is also worth checking out!
Man, I thought "Manners" was thick & heavy in the synth department, but "Gossamer" often goes for all-out wall of electronica, rivaling M83 for "most heavily layered multi-mega-tracked synth bomb" or something like that. Been listening regularly for a couple months now, wavered back & forth between 4 & 5 stars. 4 stars would be attributable to catchy but vacuous pop tracks like "Carried Away" and "Hideaway" -- a little too reminiscent of Lightning Seeds, maybe played at 45 RPM when it should be 33. Also could have used a few stripped-down acoustic versions such as grace "Manners," but alas, "Gossamer" is a bit too dedicated to being LOUD and UP.
But I had to go 5 stars based primarily on the lyrical & musical triumph "Take a Walk," the goofy/groovy retro-70s grind and catchy chorus of "Cry Like a Ghost," and the undeniable strength of the last 3 tracks, which rival any back-to-back-to-back triple shot you'll ever hear on any synth album ever. "Love is Greed" is so happy & boppy & joyously backgrounded with female choral vocals that you'll almost miss the surprisingly melancholy lyrics.
"Where We Belong" is the perfect coda to an album that is a most curious fusion of lyrical ambivalence and musical transcendence.Read more ›
The album begins with its propulsive lead single, "Take a Walk." It's a socially-conscious and introspective song, but what it carries in thematic heft (it's probably the only song I've ever heard on the radio to talk about foreclosures and pension funds), it also provides in enduring melody. The band's refrain during the chorus ("take a walk, take a walk.") aren't just echos of the lead vocals -- they're meant as instructions/reminders to the public at large. The album slows for "Constant Conversations," which serves as a pretty divisive track; the spacey R&B is complimented by the Swedish acapella group Erato. The song serves not only as a departure in terms of tone and rhythm, but also one of style.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ended up only liking one song on the entire album...and that was the song that drove me to buy the album in the first place.Published 1 month ago by Jorja229
My favorite boy band even though their vocalist sounds like a girl.Published 2 months ago by Debby J.
This is nothing more than Kidz Bop rehashed. I am forced to listen to Carried Away constantly at work on Muzak. Of all the rubbish on Muzak, this is the most embarrassing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephenhero
I listened to them through prime music and it made me want to buy the album. Gossamer has plenty of enjoyable tracks through out and is definitely worth listening to at the least.Published 9 months ago by Michael H
Maybe my favorite album? One of the few albums I would consider truly 'perfect' in that no improvement can be suggested.Published 11 months ago by Somethingsomethingdarkside