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Brooklyn's beloved guitar-anthem optimists Fang Island return with an album befitting its title: Major. Like the painstakingly chiseled marble of the album artwork, Major is hefty, solid, monolithic and regal. Whereas Fang Island described their celebrated 2010 self-titled Sargent House debut as, ''everyone high-fiving everyone,'' Major is evermore confident, triumphant and brimming with infectious enthusiasm.

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  • Audio CD (July 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sargent House
  • ASIN: B007Y1S2DU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Honest, life-affirming and infectious, and it's that rare concentration of directness and simplicity that makes Fang Island so uniquely and wonderfully inclusive." Best New Music -- Pitchfork

"Fang Island are simply killer fun, a proper gang who sing collectively and pummel their guitars without recourse to errant soloing." Four Stars -- MOJO

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's hard not to smile while listening to Fang Island. The band has made their bones crafting happy, life-affirming, agreeable rock-n-roll, and after the band caught the attention of others with their selftitled FANG ISLAND, they promised a progression of their direction with the upcoming MAJOR. While there are a few notable differences with the band's third album, many of the characteristic traits of Fang Island are largely represented: happy/silly lyrics, simple-but-toe-tapping guitar riffs, and a positive attitude to bring it all together.

MAJOR begins with a mission-statement of sorts; the opening track, "Kindegarten" announces "all I know I learned in Kindegarten," and repeats the refrain throughout the song. The song is upbeat, uptempo, and a good example of the band's focus on guitar noodling. A similar song, the fourth track "Make Me" finds the band repeating "I hope I never understand." This seems to sum up Fang Island's attitudes -- they're easy going, and they don't want to concern themselves with the world's problems. The second track on MAJOR, "Sisterly," is the album's lead single, and it recalls Dinosaur Jr. at moments -- laden with thick guitar and melody, it's a highlight of the album. "Asunder" is a wonderful track, carried by plenty of "whoa!'s" and palm-muted guitars. After "Asunder," Fang Island rips into "Dooney Rock" -- it's an instrumental that offers plenty of great guitar work (both rhythm and lead). The album closes with "Victorinian," a track that substitutes Fang Island's guitars for pianos; this change however doesn't affect the band's style -- it remains another upbeat, fast song.
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Fang Island are so cool they don't care what you think of their earnestness. These guys are serious musicians, too. Even if you don't usually go for instrumental rock, you'll dig their instrumental "Dooney Rock." It's an interesting, tasteful, non-wankfest that will win over even the most jaded music fan. Fang Island is equally heavy and gentle; it's hard indie rock for sensitive hearts.

Check out [...] for my other Top 10 Albums of 2012.
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By casey culp on December 18, 2012
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First off I would definitely reccomend this album to anyone, great music. The product quality is great and everything was on time as said. Perfect buy
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By Doofusdan on November 26, 2012
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Major key, major guitars, major rock, and major fun. This is what the Hold Steady would call "a positive jam"!
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1 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jesterday70s on November 26, 2012
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I haven't heard Major yet, but based on the review here, it sounds like they've ditched instrumentals in favor of more singing. It'd be great if they could go back to their previous(non-vocal)sound...
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